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Russia to hike gas prices for Ukraine gradually

      RBC, 30.06.2008, Moscow 10:50:41.Russia will raise the price of natural gas supplies to Ukraine to the level of European prices gradually, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Yulia Timoshenko. At the same time, he noted that Russia's partners in Middle Asia would like to increase prices starting January 1, 2009. As for the price of gas transit through Ukraine, the decision must be made by the parties involved, while the government will ensure that the reached agreements are acceptable for all of them, Putin stated. The gas sector is overly politicized, the Russian PM stressed, adding however that the Ukrainian government created the necessary conditions for constructive relations in the area. In turn, Timoshenko expressed confidence that the parties would be able to reach strategic agreements regarding cooperation in the gas sector and resolve all existing differences.

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