New gas talks set for Jan. 17

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Jan. 12, 2012, 9:54 p.m. | Business — by Mark Rachkevych

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) speaks with CEO of Russian gas giant Gazprom Alexey Miller during their meeting in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, on Jan. 11, 2012. Ukraine said yesterday it would cut purchases of Russian gas supplies by half, drawing loud protests from Moscow and raising the spectre of a fresh energy conflict between the two uneasy neighbours. Russia hit back, saying Ukraine had not agreed the move with Russian gas giant Gazprom, indicating Kyiv could face stiff penalties.

Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Interminable talks between Ukraine and Russia over natural gas supplies will resume Jan. 17 amid increasingly sharp rhetoric that suggests a new deal is still eluding both sides.
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