July 22, 2008

Russian Gas Chief Invites Ukraine to Discuss Long-Term Gas Contracts

Excerpt from report by private Ukrainian news agency UNIAN

Kiev, 22 July: The head of [Russia's] Gazprom, Aleksey Miller, has invited Ukraine to discuss the possibility of concluding long- term gas supply contracts.

Miller said this while greeting Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko today in Kiev, where they are discussing the issue of gas supplies.

The head of [state oil and gas company] Naftohaz Ukrayiny, Oleh Dubyna, is also taking part in the talks.

"It is necessary to speak of the principles for work in 2009 and in the longer term," Miller said.

He also said that Gazprom was completely satisfied with its cooperation with Naftohaz Ukrayiny.

"We see very good results in all directions. The dialogue with Naftohaz is very good," Miller said.

He also said that Gazprom is satisfied with cooperation with Naftohaz on the issue of debt repayment, tariffs and gas transit. "We are satisfied with the progress of work with Naftohaz," he said.

Tymoshenko said: "Our work with you is very constructive, and we are very satisfied with our joint work."

Tymoshenko also said: "We are very grateful for the work you have done, and we have pumped 8bn cu.m. of gas into underground facilities."

The press service of the Cabinet of Ministers said that the talks would last around three hours.

[Passage omitted: background]

Originally published by UNIAN news agency, Kiev, in Ukrainian 1047 22 Jul 08.

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