President of Ukraine Viktor YUshchenko accuses the government of Tymoshenko of not paying gas debts to Russia.

"Ukraine's debt of 2.5 billiob dollars is personal responsibility of the government," Yushchenko said at the session of the NAtional Security and Defesne Council on Friday.

He underlined that the goverment had not made any calculations regarding the gas price.

The president charged the government with a job to present the calculations of gas relations with Russia within five days.

"Some days ago you reported that the gas issue is settle. Now I want to prove it within five days, starting with the calculations," he said.

The head of state noted that the government should not involve "a person and the nation" into this issue, but mustaccount for this itself.

According to Yushchenko, he alsways stood for the market relations with Russia, including the rent for Ukrainian land used by Russian Black Sea Fleet and the tarrifs for gas transit. 

Yushchenko also resommended the Cabinet to hold gas negotiations with Russia efectively. He noted that the gas price depends on the government ability to negotiate.

As Forum reported earlier, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has ordered gas export monopoly Gazprom to ask Ukraine to pay back its gas debt to Russia, which Gazprom estimated at $2.4 billion.

"We need to fully clarify ourselves with Ukraine's debt and recover it on a goodwill or compulsory basis. As it is stated in the current legislation and within the frames of our bilateral relationships," Vesti 24 TV channel showed Medvedev as saying to Gazprom's chief executive Alexei Miller at a meeting in the Kremlin.


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