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Gas deal may help Ukraine out of crisis: Russian diplomat

English.news.cn   2013-12-22 04:02:17            
• The gas deal with Moscow may help Kiev get out of economic crisis, a Russian diplomat said Saturday.
• "This is an important aid to our fraternal country," said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin.
• Putin on Tuesday agreed to slash the price of natural gas for the economically struggling neighbor.


MOSCOW, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- The gas deal with Moscow may help Kiev get out of economic crisis, a senior Russian diplomat said Saturday.

When meeting his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovych, in Moscow on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to slash the price of natural gas for the economically struggling neighbor.

"This is an important aid to our fraternal country that will help it, probably, to boost economic rates and to come out of the crisis, toward which the Ukrainian economy has moved closer," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin was quoted by Itar-Tass news agency as saying at a public diplomacy event here.

The two sides sealed 14 agreements on industrial cooperation, practical interaction in agriculture and space exploration, among others, said Karasin.

Besides the gas deal, Russia also granted Ukraine a loan of 15 billion U.S. dollars.

Putin said Thursday during his big annual press conference that Russia decided to provide Ukraine with loans and cut gas price as Moscow sees Kiev as "a brotherly nation" in difficult situation.

Ukraine was due to sign a landmark political-economic deal with the European Union (EU) at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Lithuania last month, but suddenly put it on hold in a move widely seen as opting for closer trade ties with Russia.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on Thursday reiterated his country's commitment to following the course of integration with the EU, attributing the current pause in its EU entry bid to pragmatic economic reasons.


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KIEV, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday downgraded its projection for Ukraine's economic growth in 2014 to 1 percent, citing worsening financial conditions in eastern Europe.

"The current macroeconomic policy mix has generated large external and fiscal imbalances and has contributed to deepening the recession," the IMF said in a press statement.  Full story

Ukraine seeking balance in cooperation with Russia, EU: Yanukovych

KIEV, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Kiev wanted to reach a balance in its economic cooperation with Russia and the European Union (EU), Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said here Thursday.

"Ukraine needs to find a model of interrelations with its strategic partners that would be suitable to all," Yanukovych said in an interview with local media. Full story

Ukraine benefits from gas deals with Russia: official

KIEV, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Kiev expects to save up to 7 billion U.S. dollars in annual cost from the deals for cheaper Russian gas agreed Tuesday with Moscow, a senior Ukraine official said Wednesday.

"It would be a significant retrenchment for (the benefit of) our economy and the state budget," Energy and Coal Industry Minister Eduard Stavytsky told a press briefing.  Full story

Russian bailout won't address concerns of Ukraine protesters: White House

WASHINGTON, Dec.17 (Xinhua) -- An agreement between the governments of Ukraine and Russia will not address the concerns that Ukrainian demonstrators have expressed, White House said Tuesday.

"We're awaiting details...but any agreements concluded between Kiev and Moscow will not address the concerns of those who have gathered in public protests across Ukraine," White House spokesperson Jay Carney said at a press conference. Full story

Editor: Hou Qiang
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