Official: Ukraine expects to settle gas issue with Russia by end of 2012

Print version
Sept. 26, 2012, 10:34 a.m. | Business — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukraine expects to reach an agreement with Russia on new natural gas supply terms and conditions by the end of the year.

Ukraine expects to reach an agreement with Russia on new natural gas supply terms and conditions by the end of the year, Nestor Shufrych, a deputy secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, told journalists in Sevastopol on Tuesday, September 25.

"We are maintaining a pragmatic, businesslike, and friendly negotiating process with the Russian Federation today. We hope to settle the most complicated issue concerning our relations in the gas field and supplies of Russian gas to Ukrainian territory by the end of the year," Shufrych said.

"After this issue has been settled, all primitive and farfetched accusations that our opponents are permitting themselves will become irrelevant," he said.

"I am sure that improvement of economic cooperation with Russia and enlargement of opportunities for such cooperation are a future that would ensure a breakthrough in our country's economy," he said.

Shufrych mentioned what he sees as first positive results in cooperation with Russia.

"Our trade turnover has increased, and we certainly cannot disregard the fact that cooperation with Russia has stimulated the development of our economy in these conditions. We see that the national budget revenue has grown fifty percent," Shufrych said.

The Kyiv Post is disabling its online comment section due to an increase in trolls, violent comments and other personal attacks. Other news organizations worldwide have taken similar steps for the same reasons. The Kyiv Post regrets having to take this action. The newspaper believes in a robust public debate, but the discussion must be constructive and intelligent. For the time being, the Kyiv Post will allow comments on its moderated Facebook group The newspaper will consider hosting online comments again when circumstances allow. Thank you from the Kyiv Post.


© 1995–2015 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.