KIEV, June 6 Ukraine and Russia will restart gas
talks over the weekend to try to resolve a dispute over price
and Kiev is considering paying off debts for last year's Russian
supplies, a government source in Kiev said on Friday.
"The talks will continue on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We
expect to come up with a decision on Tuesday," the source told
Reuters, adding that the Ukrainian leadership may pay off it gas
debts for 2013.
The two sides differ on how much is owed by Ukrainian state
energy company Naftogaz. Ukraine has said its debt for 2013 and
2014 as of April 1 stood at $2.2 billion. It paid $786 million
Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom declined to
Ukraine has to pay off its debts to Gazprom by Tuesday, June
10, or Russia has threatened to cut off gas supplies to the
neighbouring country, a move which could threaten flows to the
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin)