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Russia Offers Ukraine Cheap Gas If Kyiv Joins Customs Union

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mikola Azarov has said the price of Russian gas would be significantly reduced if Ukraine joined the CIS Custom Union with Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.

Azarov said on October 9 that Russia had "put forward conditions: join the customs union and tomorrow you will receive gas for $160 [per 1,000 cubic meters]."

Ukraine is currently paying some $420 per 1,000 cubic meters and the country has imported less Russian gas in 2012 due to disputes over the price.

Azarov said joining the CIS Customs Union would "answer the national interests of Ukraine."

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax