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    Russia Sees No Need for Gas Talks With Ukraine - Energy Minister

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    According to the Russian energy minister, the country sees no need in any gas talks with Ukraine at this time.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia sees no need to hold gas talks with Ukraine at this time, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Wednesday.

    "We have a contract that works, and in the framework of which conditions for gas supplies are outlined. We do not see the need to change anything at the moment," Novak told reporters.

    In October 2015, Ukraine's energy company Naftogaz said that the country was ending the purchase of gas from Russia's energy giant Gazprom, and any decision to continue to import gas from this supplier would depend on pricing. The following month, Ukraine halted purchases of Russian gas, saying the price offered by its European partners was much lower than that offered by Moscow.

    On March 31, Naftogaz said it had no plans to resume purchases of natural gas from Gazprom from April 1 but would continue to ensure the uninterrupted transit of Russian gas to European consumers via its territory.

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