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Main news of December 30

* Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko proposed freezing prices for Russian natural gas supplies to Ukraine until January 10, when the gas talks resume

* Russian energy giant Gazprom said the Ukrainian president's proposal to freeze natural gas prices until January 10 was unacceptable

* President Yushchenko said Ukraine was introducing a special regime to ensure Russian gas flows via Ukraine to Europe until a contract was signed with Russia

* Tukmenistan will supply Ukraine with 40 billion cubic meters of natural gas at $50 per 1,000 cu m starting January 1

* Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said on television that the natural gas price of $230 per 1,000 cu m was unreasonable and suggested paying $80, taking into account Ukraine's transit fee of $1.75-$1.80 per 1,000 cu m per 100 km

* Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko ruled out the possibility of reviewing the treaty on Russia's naval base in Ukraine

* The U.S. State Department said it was disappointed with Switzerland's decision to extradite Yevgeny Adamov, a former nuclear power minister of Russia wanted for embezzlement in America, to his homeland

* Gazprom announced a record net profit for 2005 of 177 billion rubles (about $6 billion)

* The Russian Finance Ministry said it had paid back early $4.3 billion of loans for 1998-1999 received through Vneshekonombank (VEB) using the Bank of Russia's funds

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