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Ukraine continues to insist on Russian natural gas price reduction

January 16, 2012, 15:03 UTC+3
Negotiations on the price of gas exported by Russia to Ukraine will be resumed on Tuesday
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MOSCOW, January 16 (Itar-Tass) — Negotiations on the price of gas exported by Russia to Ukraine will be resumed on Tuesday.

On Sunday, the Ukrainian side stated that it may reduce the volume of purchased natural gas, replacing it with coal. However, experts of Rossiiskaya Gazeta doubt that Russia’s neighbours will be able to do it.

Ukraine, certainly, has coal reserves, but gas is not only fuel for electric power plants, but also a raw material for the chemical industry, Director of the Energy Development Fund Sergei Pikin told RG. “Coal cannot be replaced with gas without major investments – it’s not even reequipping production, but building of new enterprises from scratch, which is impossible in the short term,” he believes.

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