Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will meet next week to discuss bilateral cooperation, particularly in the gas sector.

"Just next week we plan an unscheduled meeting... with President Yanukovych on the territory of Ukraine," Medvedev said, according to RIA Novosti.

Respected Russian daily Kommersant said, quoting a source close to the visit preparations, that the date of Medvedev's trip had been brought forward as Ukraine needs to draw a budget which depends on the prices for the Russian gas.

Medvedev told journalists in Brazil after the BRIC summit that Ukraine considered gas prices too high for the current situation in the country, and that Russia was willing to compromise.

"This is not a closed topic, I have told Ukrainian president from the very beginning that we are ready to do it," Medvedev said.

The Russian president also said that the full range of bilateral issues would be discussed during his visit.

"I hope we will continue to discuss all these questions, including ensuring security, developing trade-economic relations, humanitarian issues," Medvedev said.

Kommersant reported that Kiev had promised Moscow to sign a deal on nuclear fuel purchasing lasting a year and five years.

"It was also proposed to build two units of the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant (for the Russian loans - Kommersant), so in future Rosatom [the Russian state nuclear corporation] could become the owner on an equal footing," the paper quoted a source in the Ukrainian government as saying.


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