Russian official says Ukraine gas discount comes at a price
YALTA, Ukraine — A top Russian official says Ukraine will continue paying a high price for natural gas imports unless it moves back into Moscow's orbit.
Kiev, which imports all its natural gas from Russia and produces none of its own, has long been courting Moscow to get a discount for gas imports since a 2009 agreement significantly increased the price for the gas Ukraine receives from Russia.
Russia's deputy prime minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, said Saturday that Ukraine may expect a discount only if it joins a Russia-dominated economic alliance. Ukraine has resisted such Russian overtures, fearing that membership in the Moscow-led Customs Union would scuttle its hopes of closer ties with the EU.
Moscow opposes Kiev's efforts to integrate into the EU and move away from the Kremlin's sphere of influence.
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