MOSCOW, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government Wednesday to formulate measures that will keep the proposed gas discount to Ukraine for a certain period of time.
"I would ask the government and prime minister (Dmitry Medvedev) to think about how these conditions could be stipulated at the government level ... make them absolutely reliable and unchanging for some time," Putin told a government meeting.
He said the conditions proposed by Russia's energy giant Gazprom to Kiev were "absolutely identical" with those to ousted President Viktor Yanukovych's government, which was 100 U.S. dollars lower than the contract price.
Meanwhile, Putin said "our Ukrainian partners seem to find that these discounts are not enough and they want more."
"It's unclear on what grounds ... if it's so, they are apparently deliberately taking the situation into a deadlock," the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, for his part, said the government will draft proposals "that will mean the long-term character of discounts."
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