- Russia and Ukraine take a tentative step toward resolving the dispute that threatens to cut off Ukraine's gas supply, as the two governments agree to consider a deal in which Ukraine would quickly pay Russia $2B on Thursday, followed by negotiations on Friday over the price Russia charges Ukraine for its gas, EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger says.
- The deal first would need to be approved by Moscow and Kiev, as well as the boards of state gas companies Naftogaz of Ukraine and Gazprom (OGZPY) of Russia.
- However, emboldened by the election of a new pro-Western president, Ukraine PM Yatseniuk says Gazprom owes Kiev natural gas worth ~$1B which it had "stolen" when Moscow annexed Crimea.
Ukraine could pay Russia an initial $2B in proposed deal to resolve gas dispute
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