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Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said Monday the country
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said Monday the country has paid Russia the last installment of its natural gas debt.

Russian Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov told Tymoshenko at a meeting that full payment of the debt will pave the way for the two countries to reach an agreement for long-term gas cooperation, "eight to ten years ahead."

Tymoshenko said: "Resolving all issues in the gas sector is a serious achievement. Ukraine has paid off all its commitments."

Ukraine, which transits about 80% of Russia's Europe-bound gas, threatened to start tapping fuel after Russia halved shipments to the country amid a dispute over Kiev's gas debt and supply scheme earlier this year.

European consumers did not report any shortfalls in supplies, however, unlike at the start of 2006, when a bitter pricing row led Moscow to briefly cut off deliveries to its ex-Soviet neighbor.

Moscow and Kiev resolved their fresh gas dispute in mid-March, agreeing on the size of the debt and a supply scheme, although some issues still need to be addressed.

Zubkov said Russia and Ukraine should cooperate in the hi-tech sphere to be competitive on world markets. "Through joint efforts we will be able to ensure a worthy place for Ukraine and Russia in world labor division," he said.

Tymoshenko praised bilateral relations and said the Russian and Ukrainian governments had drafted a joint action plan. She said bilateral trade grew 28% for the first three months of 2008.


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