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KIEV, December 1 (Itar-Tass) —— The gas talks between Kiev and Moscow on settlement of disputes between the parties are at the final stage, press service of Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry said on Thursday.
On November 30, during the meeting of Ukraine’s Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuri Boiko and Chairman of Naftogaz of Ukraine Evgeny Bakulin with Gazprom’s CEO Alexei Miller the sides discussed cooperation of the two countries in energy in the framework of the earlier agreements between presidents of the two countries.
“The negotiations were constructive and the parties stated that the negotiation process is at the final stage now,” the ministry’s report reads.
On November 10, Boiko said that Ukraine and Russia started technical procedures and implementation of the agreements regarding settlement of disputes between the sides in the gas issues.
Kiev is trying to persuade Moscow to revise two gas contracts, which Yulia Timoshenko signed in January of 2009. Ukraine in particular presses for lower imported gas’ prices and for using short-term contracts for supplies and transit of natural gas.