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Turkmen-Ukrainian Gas Talks End Inconclusively

Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov at the opening of a gas compressor station last year (ITAR-TASS) PRAGUE, June 30, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The Turkmen Foreign Ministry reports that talks on natural-gas deliveries to Ukraine have ended inconclusively in Ashgabat.

A ministry statement posted on the official information website said the Ukrainian delegation was expected to leave the Turkmen capital later in the day.

Turkmenistan is offering to sell gas to Ukraine at a price of $100 per 1,000 cubic meters starting from October 1, 2006.

Ukraine's Naftohaz Ukrayiny in turn says that under a 2005 bilateral agreement, Ashgabat committed itself to sell its gas at a price of $60 per 1,000 cubic meters until the end of this year.

Ashgabat says that prior to signing a contract for deliveries in 2007 it wants Kyiv to make sure that Russia's Gazprom will let the gas transit through its pipeline network.

The Turkmen Foreign Ministry also says Ukraine today pledged to pay off its $64 million debt for earlier gas deliveries in September.

The Turkmen-Ukraine setback comes one day after Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry warned in a statement after a suspension of talks on gas deliveries to Russia that supplies to Gazprom would be cut off in September if Moscow and Ashgabat failed to reach a new import deal. That deal appears to hinge on Turkmen price demands.

(with additional material from Interfax-Ukrayina)

MORE: For an analysis by RFE/RL's Daniel Kimmage of the Turkmen gas trade and current tactics, click here.

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