EU officials move to settle Russia / Ukraine gas dispute

While a special EU meeting of envoys took place today in Brussels to discuss the crisis, an EU delegation led by Czech industry minister Martin Riman arrived in Kiev to attempt to restart gas supply negotiations. EU officials will meet with Gazprom executives at an unconfirmed venue tomorrow.

The dispute caused Russia to cease its gas exports to Ukraine on January 1, and the resulting fall in pipeline pressure has reduced exports to European countries including Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republi