"Why would we fight with Russian brothers? Never ever. We are not even going to talk about it and we won’t," he told journalists.
"Certainly both we and they have economic interests. They have got a very good paper [gas contracts] and are holding on to it with both hands. And we are telling them that there is also life beside this paper. We shall make a deal," he said.
Russian company Gazprom on Thursday rejected Ukraine’s demand to cut the volume of natural gas it has contracted to import this year, arousing concern about a potential conflict that could disrupt flows of Russian gas to Europe.