In his live TV appearance in the program With Dmitri Kiselev, NSDC Secretary Anatoly Kinakh sounded confident on Ukraine and Russia reaching an optimal decision on prices for Russian natural gas and Ukraine's tariffs for its transit piping across Ukraine's territory.

I am sure that Russia's and Ukraine leadership will be wise enough to solve this dispute, Kinakh was quoted as saying by the NSDC press service.

Though 2006 is not expected to witness drastic changes in the mode of settling, Ukraine's step to have a hand in modernizing gas transportation systems in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan might prove warranted.

Kinakh reiterated Ukraine's view of Russia as a paramount strategic partner, though, as he admitted, there has appeared a "certain vacuum" "in professional relationships" between Ukraine and Russia,Cabinet's press office informed.

Anatoliy Kinakh articulated his hope that the Yushchenko - Putin Commission will give a fresh impetus to Ukrainian - Russian trade-economic cooperation.

Anatoliy Kinakh reaffirmed Ukraine's intention to participate in forming the Common Economic Area.

The NSDC Secretary underscored the significance of applying modern systemic, professional mechanisms to champion both nations' political and economic interests.


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