17 February 2006 -- Turkmen leaders are expected today to hold talks on the price of Turkmen natural gas exports with visiting officials from Russia and Ukraine.
The Turkmen Foreign Ministry said Aleksei Miller, CEO of Russia's state-controlled monopoly Gazprom, was expected to meet with President Saparmurat Niyazov.
Ukrainian Fuel and Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov is also expected to meet with top Turkmen officials in Ashgabat, possibly including Niyazov.
Russian Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko was quoted on 16 February as saying a recent agreement on gas deliveries to Ukraine would have to be renegotiated if Turkmenistan carries out plans to increase the price of its natural gas exports from $65 to $100 per 1,000 cubic meters later this year.
Gas from Turkmenistan is part of the deal reached between Russia and Ukraine after Russia suspended gas supplies to Ukraine on 1 January.