A compromise in negotiations with the Russian side for the price of gas will be reached, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Yuriy Boiko said Tuesday in Sevastopol, UKRINFORM reports.

"I believe that a compromise will be reached. This is a very important issue for our state, it interests everyone, because utility tariffs and industrial competitiveness depend on gas prices," Boiko emphasized.

He also recalled that Ukraine has already had a "terrible experience", when a contract was signed just in one night. "And the people who signed did not understand what they were signing, without going into details," the minister stated. According to him, "the whole country is being still shaken because of the contract".

The minister noted that the Ukrainian side has the principled position of the head of state. "First and foremost, we are ready to build any model with our partners on equal terms, taking into account national interests. Secondly, we will negotiate as long as necessary in order to defend our national interests, and the principled position of the president was embodied in life," Boiko noted.

According to him, negotiations will continue January 15, 2012. "There are some points on which there has been convergence, but there are other points on which there are principle objections," the minister said. And the president, he said, would never agree to infringement of national interests. "I think we will reach a compromise, and on January 15 will hold next round of negotiations, and it will start," Boiko underscored.

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