Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Ukraine’s Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said he expects the 2009 gas contract between Russia and Ukraine to be revised “within a few days” after meeting yesterday with counterpart Vladimir Putin.
“The talks are nearing the end,” Azarov said in a statement today on the government website. “In a few days we will be able to approve a compromise.” Putin and Azarov met in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Ukraine is seeking to revise the terms of gas-supply and transit contracts with Russia to help unlock the next tranche of a loan from the International Monetary Fund. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych seeks to cut the price to $230 per 1,000 cubic meters from next year’s expected average level of $415.
Azarov and Putin discussed the possibility that Ukraine make payments for imported gas in Russian rubles, according to the Ukrainian government statement. NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy, Ukraine’s state-run energy company, paid more than $867 million to Russia for September gas deliveries.
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