Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych are meeting in Moscow on March 4, with energy cooperation issues high on the agenda.
They are expected to discuss the price for Russian gas supplied to Ukraine, and the lease of Ukraine’s gas pipelines which deliver much of the Russian gas that goes to Western Europe.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the leaders do not plan to sign any documents at the meeting.
Ukraine depends on Russia for more than 60 percent of its gas needs.
The country is a key transit route for Russia to supply gas to the European Union.
Yanukovych’s visit to Moscow was initially planned for December 18, 2012, but was postponed, with Moscow officials saying more time was needed to prepare documents that were to be signed.
Based on reporting by Interfax, rian.ru, and Bloomberg.com