Slovenia’s bond rally, the biggest among Europe’s former communist nations, risks faltering as a government budget dispute following the cleanup of toxic-bank loans threatens to unseat Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek.
Ukraine isn’t satisfied with Slovakia’s proposal for a pipeline link that allows the shipment of natural gas from the west, saying it lacks the needed capacity, a Slovak Economy Ministry spokesman said.
Slovakia will seek guarantees from the European Union that it won’t incur losses on shipping gas to Ukraine, which is looking to diversify its supplies as its row with Russia heats up, Prime Minister Robert Fico said.
Ukraine is reducing gas imports and halting payments for natural gas imports from Russia over price “aggression” before the world’s biggest exporter of the fuel cuts supplies, raising the risk of disrupted flows to Europe.
President Vladimir Putin told his government to develop plans to replace imports from Ukraine and said Russia can’t subsidize its neighbor permanently, increasing economic pressure as the government in Kiev battles separatists.