Klitschko: Gas contract with Russia pushing Ukraine towards alternative energy sources

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Oct. 9, 2012, 12:34 p.m. | Business — by Interfax-Ukraine

Leader of the UDAR Party Vitali Klitschko
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Leader of the UDAR Party Vitali Klitschko has said that Ukraine should search for alternative energy sources and introduce energy saving technologies instead of focusing only on gas talks with Russia.

"The agreement was signed [in 2009] and this is a done deal. We can debate whether it is good or bad for us. But it is experts who have to discuss this. However, it should push us, Ukraine, towards [the search for] alternative energy sources and [the use of] energy saving technologies," he said in the Face to Face program by Savik Shuster on the First National Channel on Monday.

Klitschko noted that the first metallurgy plant in the last 30 years opened in Ukraine recently.

"Everything that works for us today is a present we received from the Soviet Union. These technologies have been used more than 20 years ago. This should stimulate us to develop our own fields, the Black Sea shelf, and hold negotiations with other partners, instead of just focusing on the gas of our Eastern partner," he said.

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