The Polish president has called for an alternative "gas summit" to be held in Ukraine on Friday, according to Polish media reports.

The summit would bring together the heads of the 10 Russian gas consuming countries that have been most affected by the current gas dispute between Moscow and Kiev. Polish analysts have speculated that Lech Kaczynski's proposal could be an attempt to disrupt a planned gas summit on January 17 in Moscow.

Kaczynski is due to meet his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko in Kiev at 1:20 pm (10:20 GMT) on Friday to discuss the ongoing gas row between Russia and Ukraine. Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski is already in the Ukrainian capital to hold discussions on the issue.


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