MOSCOW, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Russia decided to provide Ukraine with loans and cut price for gas supplies because Moscow sees Kiev as a brotherly nation in difficult situation, President Vladimir Putin said at his annual press conference on Thursday.
[Video] Russia to cut gas price for Ukraine, buy Ukrainian gov't bonds
BEIJING, Dec. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow has agreed to sharply cut the price for its natural gas supplies to Ukraine, and will buy 15 billion US dollars worth of Ukrainian government bonds. Putin made the announcement Tuesday after holding talks at the Kremlin with his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovych.
Putin said the Russian state-controlled gas monopoly, Gazprom, will cut the price of gas supplies to Ukraine by about one-third to about 268 US dollars per 1-thousand cubic meters. Russia would also convert 15 billion US dollars worth of its National Welfare Fund into Ukrainian securities, to help it stave off a financial crisis. Full story
Russia, Ukraine pledge to advance bilateral ties
MOSCOW, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday Russia and Ukraine should make concerted efforts to boost relations.
During a meeting of the inter-government commission with his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovich, Putin said the time had come to undertake "active measures" to create conditions for bilateral ties. Full story
Ukraine's talks with EU over partnership deal still under way
KIEV, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Negotiations with the European Union (EU) over a landmark partnership deal are still under way, said an official on Monday.
"Although the parties have not yet signed the deal, the talks over it are going on," Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Olefirov told reporters. Full story
Ukraine sees no need for int'l mediation of political crisis: FM
KIEV, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- At the moment, there is no need to involve international mediators to settle the political situation in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said on Thursday.
"I consider mediation as an extreme measure, which would have shown the inability of the government and the opposition to hold constructive negotiations," Kozhara was quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency as saying. Full story
Commentary: Western powers should respect Ukraine over domestic affairs
BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Western powers have attempted to manipulate the opinions of the Ukrainian people over whether the country should sign a key trade and association pact with the European Union (EU).
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland flew to Kiev and offered support to protesters in Independence Square, joining the league of the opposition demanding the fall of democratically-elected President Viktor Yanukovich. Full story