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Russian, Ukrainian premiers to meet in Moldova on Nov. 14

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The prime ministers of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Yulia Tymoshenko, will meet on Friday in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, a Russian official said on Wednesday.
MOSCOW, November 12 (RIA Novosti) - The prime ministers of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Yulia Tymoshenko, will meet on Friday in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, a Russian official said on Wednesday.

Yury Ushakov, deputy head of the government staff, said that the prime ministers were expected to discuss Ukraine's political situation and Russian gas supplies to Ukraine.

Ukraine's ruling coalition collapsed in September and political groups failed to agree a new government, leading the president to dissolve the legislature and call snap elections for December. The global financial situation forced the cancellation of the elections as MPs returned to pass anti-crisis measures, but the government still lacks majority support in parliament.

However, according to recent opinion polls, 90% of Ukrainians are against holding early parliamentary elections.

Russia and Ukraine still have to agree on prices for Russian natural gas in 2009 and subsequent years. Kiev hopes that the price will be around $250 per 1,000 cubic meters next year. This year, Ukraine has been paying $179.5 per 1,000 cu m.

The prices are expected to move to European market levels over the next three years.

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