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.

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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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