Azarov: Ukraine doesn't blame Russia for 2009 gas contracts
"It hurts us that the price is so high, that we are being punished for something. But we have complaints only to Ukrainian officials who signed the contract in violation of the Ukrainian legislation and caused enormous damage to our country," he said in an interview with the Russian TV program Pozner.
"Our government has made a mistake by signing an unfair contract for ten years, and 46 million people in Ukraine are suffering," the prime minister said.
"They firmly believed that Russia is our strategic partners, but how can we explain them that this is the case, if you are driving us into a corner with prices like that?"
Azarov said that Ukraine pins its hopes in this matter on good-neighborly relations, on the understanding that one cannot build long-term relations, seizing opportunities to make profit.
The prime minister noted that the revision of the gas contracts will be a major topic during the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Ukraine on June 27 and at a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on July 12.
"Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is coming to us on June 27, and a meeting of the two presidents is scheduled for July 12. And this will be one of the central topics," he said.
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