BERLIN May 26 Ukraine's Energy Minister Yuri
Prodan said on Monday there was not yet an agreement between
Ukraine and Russia to resolve the dispute over back bills for
Prodan said both sides have until Wednesday to draft their
position on a proposal by EU Energy Commissioner Guenther
Oettinger. Prodan said the Russian side also wanted to continue
with its internal consultations.
"We would like to have a broad package agreement," Prodan
said. "What's at stake is a just market price."
Oettinger had earlier told reporters that Ukraine had agreed
to pay some of the money it owes Russia for gas supplies,
provided the two governments agreed to the provisional deal that
would clear the way for further negotiations on Friday.
Oettinger said Ukraine would pay Russia 2 billion dollars by
Thursday and another 500 million dollars by June 7. The two
governments still needed to agree to the deal, Oettinger added.
Further talks about the gas price from April could then be
held on Friday, he added.
(Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum)