Russia, Ukraine sign 10-year gas supply deal

MOSCOW Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:38am EST

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MOSCOW Jan 19 (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine signed a 10-year deal on Monday to renew supplies of Russian gas to Ukraine and Europe, a Reuters reporter at the signing ceremony said.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said at the signing ceremony he expects full gas flows to resume through Ukraine to Europe in the near future.

Putin also said intermediaries would be removed from gas trade with Ukraine. The signing ceremony was also attended by Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Gazprom (GAZP.MM) head Alexei Miller and Naftogaz head Oleh Dubyna. (Reporting by Oleg Shchedrov, writing by Robin Paxton, editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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