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Ukraine to buy Azerbaijani gas

Ukraine wants to reduce dependence on Russian gas and purchase it from Azerbaijan, Kommersant-Ukraina reports.Ukraine plans to purchase 5 billion cubic meters of gas. A project on liquified gas purchases from Azerbaijan was announced in Davos on January 28 during a meeting of Ukrainian and Azerbaijani Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Victor Yanukovych. Their energy ministers signed a memorandum, approved in late July. A terminal for liquified gas will be built in Odessa.

Moscow and Kiev fail to reach gas deal

Russian and Ukrainian Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Victor Yanukovychfailed to reach an agreement on the gas price, Ukrainian membership inthe Customs Union and other issues discussed at the Bocharov RucheyResidence on Thursday, Kommersant reports.The newspaper believes that a new "gas war" may start in 2012. Thepresidents admitted that their states have problems.No progress is expected at the coming session of the interstatecommission in September.

Ukraine has no plans for Naftogaz, Gazprom merger

Ukraine does not have pans to merge Naftogaz Ukrainy with Russia'sGazprom, Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych said, RIA Novostireports.Kiev has been striving for a reconsideration of prices for Russian gasin a long-term deal. Gazprom says that reconsideration of prices isonly possible if Naftogaz and Gazprom merge.

Armenian president visits Ukraine

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan is on a visit to Ukraine, where hemet his counterpart Victor Yanukovych in Kiev, Armenia Today reports.

Ukraine appoints ambassador to Azerbaijan

Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych has appointed Alexander Mishenko as the Extraordinary and Authorized Ambassador to Azerbaijan, UKRINFORM reports.Alexander Mishenko has been the Ukrainian ambassador to Turkey since 2005. He was a plenipotentiary to Australia prior to his service in Turkey.

Ukraine to take active part in CIS

Ukraine plans to activate its membership in the Commonwealth ofIndependent States, President Victor Yanukovych said at a meeting withSergey Lebedev, Executive Secretary of the CIS, UKRINFORM reports.Ukraine has proposals for activating trade-economic cooperation in theCIS. Yanukovych emphasized that coping with the repercussions of theglobal recession is a topical goal. The states need to work on newreforms and switch to innovative-investment model of development, hesaid.

Syria and Ukraine sign agreements

Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych and Syrian President Basharal-Assad have signed a set of bilateral deals.According to Ukrinform, citing the press-service of Yanukovych, theysigned a consulate convention to improve the consulate work of the twocountries, to improve efficiency in protecting human rights and theinterests and legal bodies of both countries.

Georgian minister of economy to participate in forum in Ukraine

A Georgian delegation, headed by the Georgian Minister of Economy VeraKobalia, will participate in the Black Sea Economic Forum on November26-27 in Crimea, Trend reports.Over 100 representatives of authorities, international organizationsand expert societies will take part in the forum. 250 officials fromgovernment, business and expert spheres of the Black Sea countrieswill be at the forum.

Azerbaijan, Ukraine to improve cooperation in energy sphere

Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych and Azerbaijani President IlkhamAliyev will promote bilateral cooperation in the energy sphere,Yanukovych said at the opening of the second session of the Council ofPresidents of Ukraine and Azerbaijan in Kiev, ITAR-TASS reports.Yanukovych told Aliyev that Ukraine considers Azerbaijan a reliablepartner and friend and emphasized its important position in theCaspian region.

Russian, Ukrainian transport ministers discuss Kerch Strait bridge

The Russian and Ukrainian ministers of transport are discussing theconstruction of a bridge over the Kerch Strait and a bridge around theBlack Sea, RIA Novosti reports.Ukrainian Minister of Transport and Communication ConstantineYefremenko and Russian Minister of Transport Igor Levitin are havingthe 8th session of the sub-commission for transport of the Committeefor Economic Cooperation of Russia and Ukraine in Kiev.

Crimea and Caucasus may be joined by Kerch Strait bridge

A bridge over the Strait of Kerch, separating Russia and Ukraine, willmake Crimea and the Russian part of the Black Sea coast of theCaucasus a unique resort region, Russian ambassador to Ukraine MikhailZurabov said, RIA Novosti reports.The construction of the Crimea-Caucasus bridge was restarted afterVictor Yanukovych became the president of Ukraine. Russia expects tofinish the bridge before the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

The presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine have discussed the situation in the CIS

The presidents of Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan - Dmitry Medvedev,Victor Yanukovych and Nursultan Nazarbayev - held a meeting today,discussing the situation in Kirgizia, RIA Novosti reports, citingSergey Lavrov, Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The meeting ofthe three presidents took place within the summit on nuclear safety inWashington.