Slovakia looks to offer Ukraine gas

As tensions over Crimea continue, Ukraine is looking to cut its dependence on Russian gas by importing supplies from Slovakia.

A report by the Bloomberg news agency said that Ukrainian and Slovakian energy industry figures and European Union officials held talks this week over the issue.

It was the latest round of discussions on a subject that was raised last year before the recent crisis on Ukraine, but which has since taken on renewed urgency.

Ukraine is currently dependent on Russia for more than half its gas supplies, with the rest coming from domestic production, so imports from the EU are seen as helping the country improve its energy security.

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