Putin said he regretted that Ukrainian political leaders are coming less often to Moscow.
Relations between Russia and Ukraine have soured since the change of political leadership that took place earlier this year in Kyiv.
In addition, Moscow has said that it is contemplating charging Ukraine and most other CIS countries near-European prices for its natural-gas supplies. Kyiv says the price hike would be tantamount to political blackmail.
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