EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – A fresh row between Russia and Ukraine over energy shipment fees - fast becoming something of a New Year's tradition - has caused alarm in the European Union, as Moscow warned of possible oil supply cuts to central Europe.
On Monday (28 December), Slovakia - 97 percent dependent on Russian oil - held an emergency meeting of its security council, with Prime Minister Robert Fico saying the EU is at risk of disruptions in oil deliveries via the Druzhba oil pipeline from 1 January 2010.
"We first received information [about the Russian-Ukrainian dispute] during the Christmas holidays," Mr Fico told journalists. He added that the Ukrainian request for higher transit fees was the core of the matter.
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EU on alert over Russian oil supplies