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Ukraine suggesting 1990s-level gas prices - Gazprom
[December 31, 2005]

Ukraine suggesting 1990s-level gas prices - Gazprom

(Interfax News Agency Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)MOSCOW. Dec 30 (Interfax) - Sergei Kupriyanov, press secretary for Gazprom's CEO has dismissed attempts by Ukraine to persuade the Russian gas giant to return to 1990s gas prices as strange.

"Negotiations reach a deadlock when it comes to discussing actual figures," Kupriyanov told Rossiya television on Friday.

"They have called on us to us price parameters that
existed in the late-1990s in 2006, which is impossible. We
have nogrounds to accept such a suggestion. The price for gas and other energy resources has risen considerably over the past few years," the press secretary said.

"There are no grounds to expect the price to remain unchanged for Ukraine, or that they will change only slightly," he said.

"What is most surprising is that today is December 30, but
have not yet said how much gas they may need in 2006. We do not
have anyfigures," he said. tm la

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