Seeking a deal on gas
Published time: 7 Jul, 2006 06:13 Edited time: 7 Jul, 2006 10:13
Gas transit and price issues brought newly-appointed head of Ukraine’s Naftogaz Aleksander Bolkisyov and Russian Gazprom's chief executive Aleksey Miller together for talks in Moscow.
This followed calls from within
to re-negotiate its supply deal with Gazprom. As last year closed, Ukraine Russia declared it was time paid market prices for gas. Ukraine agreed to pay $95 per thousand cubic metres, almost double what it paid before.Six months later, the Kremlin's position remains unchanged. Kiev Turkmenistan has threatened to cut off gas supplies to if it rejects a 30 per cent price increase. But Gazprom says it exports most of the Turkmen gas it buys, most going to Russia .Ukrainian parliamentary bloc leader Yulia Timoshenko wants to rethink the gas deal with Ukraine Russia and negotiate direct with . But there is only one pipeline connecting central Asia's gas fields with Turkmenistan , and this belongs to Gazprom. Even if Ukraine Ukraine strengthened its Turkmenistan association, it would still have to reach a supply agreement with . Russia