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Ukraine to reduce gas imports from Russia

01-12-2012 07:34 BJT

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Ukraine and Russia have locked horns over Kiev's plans to cut its demand for gas, in a scenario reminiscent of previous spats that temporarily halted Russian gas flows to Europe.

Ukraine is trying to ease pressure on state finances by reducing the amount of gas it imports as it becomes increasingly pessimistic about getting Russia to cut the price of its supplies.

The former Soviet republic, which relies on Russian gas to power its chemical plants and heat homes, has been attempting for more than a year to re-negotiate a 2009 gas deal. The two sides are due to start a new round of talks in Moscow on January the 15th.

A Ukrainian official says that the country will insist on cutting Russian imports to 27 billion cubic metres this year from an estimated 40 billion last year. Russia’s gas exporting monopoly Gaz-prom has been quick to respond, saying Ukraine must stick to current arrangements.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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