KIEV, June 11 Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny
Yatseniuk said on Wednesday his country had rejected a proposal
by Moscow for what would amount to a $100 reduction in the price
Kiev pays for Russian natural gas.
Briefing his cabinet on talks on the pricing dispute with
Moscow, he said Ukraine was holding out for changes in state gas
company Naftogaz's contract with Russian producer Gazprom
and said it should pay the market price for gas.
Ukraine wants to change the 2009 contract that locked it
into buying a set volume of gas, whether it needs it or not, at
$485 per 1,000 cubic metres - the highest price paid by any
customer in Europe.
Russia has floated the idea of scrapping its export duty for
gas exports to Ukraine - $100 per 1,000 cubic metres, introduced
after Moscow annexed Crimea in March - to reduce the price.
(Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Editing by Timothy Heritage)