Kyiv announces progress in gas talks with Moscow

Kyiv announces progress in gas talks with Moscow

PanARMENIAN.Net - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych announced significant progress in talks with Russia on revision of the Russian-Ukrainian gas agreement, according to Ukrainian UNIAN news agency.

"Significant progress was made during the negotiations, what gives a hope to achieve concrete results soon in the best interests of both countries," Ukrainian administration said citing Yanukovych.

Kremlin also announced substantial progress with the gas agreements. "Sertain agreements were made during talks between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych," Russian president's spokeswoman, Natalya Timakova said.

Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Yanukovych held an informal meeting on Saturday, September 24, to discuss ways to settle the long-running deadlock.

Ukraine is seeking to review gas deals with Russia, saying its 2009 contract's gas price formula is unfair. Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is now on trial for signing the deal. Moscow has tied the price for gas to the international spot price for oil, which have risen strongly since that year due to the instability in the Middle East, RIA Novosti reported.

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