Russian Ice Hockey Federation to wage ruthless war on doping abuseSport July 26, 19:53
Two Siberian residents jailed for killing three zoo birds in failed barbeque attemptSociety & Culture July 26, 18:43
Moscow slams Western media allegations about alleged Russian support for TalibanRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 26, 18:31
Ex-Georgian president Saakashvili stripped of Ukrainian citizenshipWorld July 26, 18:25
Russia bolsters military potential in South to respond to emerging threats — defense chiefMilitary & Defense July 26, 16:09
Moscow to frame stance on new sanctions once US bill becomes lawRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 26, 16:03
Kazakhstan hopes to develop its own module for joint space station with RussiaScience & Space July 26, 15:34
EU diplomats move to slap more sanctions on Russia over Siemens turbines furorBusiness & Economy July 26, 15:11
London court binds Ukraine to pay par value of Eurobonds to RussiaBusiness & Economy July 26, 15:05
KIEV, March 13 (Itar-Tass) — Ukraine has been charged the highest gas price in the world, Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov declared at a meeting with representatives of foreign companies, who are working in Ukraine, on Tuesday.
In recent months Azarov has been perpetually raising the problem of an "unjust" gas price charged for the Russian gas. On Tuesday Azarov mentioned the problem twice. "We are charged the highest gas price in the world. No one pays more than Ukraine does thanks to the notorious agreements that Madam Yulia Timoshenko signed with Mr. Putin," Azarov said. "We buy gas at some 518 dollars per thousand cubic meters; given transportation costs and taxes the price amounts to an absolutely incompetitive level for our industry," Azarov said.
Earlier, during an inspection visit to metro stations being built in Kiev Azarov declared that the existing gas contracts with Russia "have a negative impact on the relations between the two countries». The two sides are to continue the difficult gas talks, Azarov said. " We hope that the understanding of the injustice of the gas contract and its negative impact on bilateral relations and a destructive effect on the economy will eventually prompt our partners to agree to a compromise, “ Azarov said.
Azarov noted that the money Ukraine paid to Gazprom for gas supplied in February 2012 (around 1.3 billion dollars -Tass) would be sufficient to build a new metro line in Kiev.