He said he will visit Ashgabat on 26 October, adding that he will "sort things out" after the trip. Yekhanurov said he will pursue a "rigid state policy" about gas consumption and promised to find out who is stealing gas.
Earlier this week, Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov told Ukraine it must pay for nearly $500 million worth of natural gas. Turkmenistan has conditioned gas supplies to Ukraine in 2006 on payment of the debt for gas supplies this year.
See also: Ukraine: Criminal Cases Filed Over Gas Schemes and, for more information on events in Ukraine, see RFE/RL's webpage News and Features on Ukraine