Ukraine will announce a public tender for European and U.S. investors to manage its gas transport system, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in his opening remarks at a government meeting on Thursday.

 "We are receiving preliminary proposals from our European partners. We will sum them up and Ukraine will announce a public tender to attract European and U.S. investors to the operation of the Ukrainian gas transport system," he said.

 A corresponding law has been adopted and the question has been raised at a conference in Brussels, the prime minister continued.

 "We have once again invited our European partners to participate in the modernization and operation of the Ukrainian gas transport system," Yatsenyuk said.

 According to Yatsenyuk, Ukraine counts on signing agreements with European gas pipeline operators after the transit contract with Gazprom (MOEX: GAZP) is revised.

 "Ukraine once again declares that it is a state that guarantees uninterrupted transit of natural gas, but we need to sign an agreement with European companies in order to guarantee gas transit to our European partners. And we are prepared to do so," the prime minister said.

 Yatsenyuk noted that Naftogaz Ukrainy had filed a third lawsuit against Russia's Gazprom with the Stockholm arbitral tribunal regarding the transit contract revision, and that the Ukrainian government had developed European-style procedures based on market principles for setting natural gas transit tariffs.