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 Ukraine
to re-negotiate its supply deal with Gazprom. As last year closed, Russia
declared it was time Ukraine
paid market prices for gas. Kiev
agreed to pay $95 per thousand cubic metres, almost double what it paid before.
Six months later, the Kremlin's position remains unchanged. Turkmenistan
has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Russia
if it rejects a 30 per cent price increase. But Gazprom says it exports most of the Turkmen gas it buys, most going to Ukraine
Ukrainian parliamentary bloc leader Yulia Timoshenko wants to rethink the gas deal with Russia
and negotiate direct with Turkmenistan
. But there is only one pipeline connecting central Asia's gas fields with Ukraine
, and this belongs to Gazprom. Even if Ukraine
strengthened its Turkmenistan
association, it would still have to reach a supply agreement with Russia