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Ukraine is heavily dependent on Russian gas while about 70 percent of Russia‘s gas exports to Europe go viaUkraine.

Kiev has tried for years to renegotiate a deal struck in January 2009 after Ukraine‘s squabbling with Moscow left several European countries without gas for almost three weeks when Russia halted exports via Ukraine.

Yanukovich, whose party faces an election in late October, met Vladimir Putin in the Russian president’s Black Sea residence of Bocharov Ruchei.

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