Speaking in Simferopol, he said this is the only way to "secure energy supplies at an optimal price."
Yanukovych on August 10 said his government will respect the two-fold increase in gas tariffs Russia imposed in January after a price dispute that briefly cut supplies to Ukraine and Europe.
UP FROM THE ASHES. On August 4, 2006, the Ukrainian legislature ended four months of political standoff by confirming Viktor Yanukovych as prime minister. Yanukovych's pro-Russian Party of Regions won the largest block of seats in the country's inconclusive March legislative elections. His confirmation capped a remarkable political comeback for Yanukovych after his defeat by Viktor Yushchenko in Ukraine's Orange Revolution....(more)