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KIEV, November 22 (Itar-Tass) – Ukraine and Russia have reached mutual understanding on a number of issues pertaining to the sphere of bilateral cooperation, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov said Thursday at a conference of the Federation of Ukrainian Employers.
“Agreement on mutual understanding on a whole range of issues was reached at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev,” he said.
“The trip to Moscow was linked to the adjusting of our diversified relations,” the government press service quoted Azarov as saying. “It’s not only natural gas and pipelines but also the problems of the utilization fee for cars and many others.”
“We reached a certain understanding on these things yesterday,” he said.
Azarov visited Moscow November 21 for talks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. According to the Russian Ambassador in Kiev, Mikhail Zurabov, Ukraine's obligation to purchase definite amounts of natural gas in Russia was one of the issues under discussion.
It is expected that Ukraine will purchase 27 to 28 billion cubic meters of gas from the Russian natural gas giant, OAO Gazprom. The ambassador did not specify, however, whether the Ukrainian government is expected to do it this year or in 2013.
The agreements Russia and Ukraine signed in 2009 say the national oil and gas industry monopoly Naftogaz Ukrainy is due to import 33.3 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia annually.