Ukraine on Wednesday again rejected Russia's demand to pay more for gas supplies from Russia
Ukraine on Wednesday again rejected Russia's demand to pay more for gas supplies from Russia and said any failure by Moscow to compromise on new proposals would give grounds for international arbitration.
Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov said the proposal by Russia's state gas monopoly Gazprom to raise prices to $230 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas was unacceptable and amounted to economic pressure.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko chaired the second consecutive day of meetings with officials and ordered his energy minister back to Moscow for further talks after speaking by telephone on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine says Russia has failed to justify the increase. Gazprom is negotiating with other ex-Soviet states, but talks with Ukraine are especially heated and the rise the steepest.