President Viktor Yanukovych has ordered Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Boiko to start negotiations on cooperation in gas and power sectors with the Russian Federation, Yanukovych said at a Cabinet meeting.

"I would ask you to launch a negotiating process within preparation of a joint meeting of the Ukraine-Russia State Commission, first of all, in gas sector, power industry, talks on atomic power," he said addressing Boiko ,UKRINFORM reported.

During Yanukovych's official visit to Moscow on March 5, the sides agreed to hold negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian governments on fuel and energy cooperation.

The two sides voiced hopes that all necessary documents would be ready for signing until a visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Ukraine planned for the first half of this year.

Yanukovych earlier called the price for gas imported from Russia at USD 305 per 1,000 cubic meters in Q1/2010 as inadmissible.


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