15:42 01.01.2009

Gazprom ready to continue dialogue, Ukrainian side reluctant – spokesman

Gazprom says it is ready to resume talks with Ukraine on a new gas agreement but the Ukrainian side has not been willing to come and sit down to the negotiating table.

"All our top executives are in their places. We are ready to continue the dialogue with our colleagues but so far there has been no willingness on their part to sit down to the negotiating table," Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriaynov said on Ekho Moskvy commenting on the gas dispute with Ukraine.

He said it is an open secret that representatives of Naftogaz Ukrainy had received direct instructions not to sign anything.

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