December 27, during a round table, held in the Center of Razumkov and dedicated to the gas issue, Ivan Plachkov, Minister for Fuel and Energy of Ukraine, declared that Ukraine once again suggested Russia transient period till the year 2009.

“We proposed to introduce transient period and to work out new scheme of relations concerning gas supply and transit via territory of Ukraine during the first quarter or half year,” said Plachkov.

Ukraine offers price for transit of Russian gas via territory of Ukraine in the amount of 1.75 dollars for 1000 c.m. and price for Russian gas import to Ukraine in the amount of 80 dollars for 1000 c.m.

He added that during the first quarter of the year 2006 there will be developed a strategy for the further implementation of plan for switching to the market relations in gas sphere.

In an interview to journalists Ivan Plachkov declared that Russian side agreed to introduce stage-by-stage switch to the new principles of relations in gas sphere, Interfax-Ukraine reported. He also reminded that earlier Russia insisted on switch to the European principles of work beginning from 2006.

“Now Russia offers not European relations, but a transient period,” said he.


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