"We are cutting gas purchases by half, and we will be getting 27 billion cubic meters starting Jan. 1," Boiko told journalists in Kyiv on Wednesday.
Asked how this agrees with the existing gas contracts with Russia, Boiko replied, "We will be buying as much gas as is needed for our economy. If our partners have questions, they can solve them in a civilized way."
Ukraine is continuing negotiations on gas with Russia, Boiko said. "There are issues on which we have reached a compromise, and there are outstanding issues," he said.