Ukraine, Russia To Resume Gas Talks In Moscow On Saturday

KIEV, Ukraine -- In a midnight Jan. 14 phone conversation, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin agreed that both governments will hold gas talks on Jan. 17 in Moscow, according to the Ukrainian government.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

According to the website of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Tymoshenko and Putin discussed ways to solve all problems in the gas sphere.

The prime ministers of Ukraine and Russia also discussed conditions to restart Russian gas transit to European Union countries, the press service said.

Moreover, the website says that Tymoshenko sent a telegram to Putin in which she guaranteed that all natural gas which Russia sends through the gas transport system of Ukraine will reach EU nations, minus 8 percent of the gas to be used for technical purposes (for working the gas-compressor units of the transport system).

In same telegram, Tymoshenko promised that Ukraine will pay for natural gas used for technical purposes immediately after the price of Russian natural gas for Ukraine in 2009 is agreed.

"The dialogue between the prime ministers of Ukraine and Russia was constructive and is a positive sign for solving all the problems in the gas sphere. Prime Minister Tymoshenko believes that it will be possible to find a compromise," according to the government website.

Source: Kyiv Post