EU chief urges Russia, Ukraine to strike deal in gas row

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso pressed Russia and Ukraine on Monday to resolve a dispute that has effectively halted gas supplies to the ex-Soviet state.

Brussels: European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso pressed Russia and Ukraine on Monday to resolve a dispute that has effectively halted gas supplies to the ex-Soviet state.

"I would like once again to call on the two parties to make an effort to compromise," Barroso told an economic forum in Santander, northern Spain. A compromise plan on the table "is a good proposal", he said.

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