July 6, 2008

Ukrainian Premier Hopes to Sign Gas Deal With Russia By 15 September

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko has said she expects a gas contract with Russia to be signed by 15 September, but refused to predict the gas price for next year. She was speaking in a pre- recorded interview shown by Ukraine's most popular Inter TV channel on 6 July.

"I think that talks with Vladimir Putin on gas supplies were successful and I think that we will turn them into a contract form by 15 September," she said and noted once again that the gas price will be increased gradually for several years until it reaches the European level.

However, Tymoshenko refused to reveal any details about the gas talks: "Negotiations are under way and I would not like to ruin them with preliminary statements.""I don't have the right to talk about my suppositions. I can only tell you the contract price when the document will be signed," Tymoshenko said.

Originally published by Inter TV, Kiev, in Ukrainian 1700 6 Jul 08.

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