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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukraine Gas Talks

KIEV — Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and President Vladimir Putin will hold a working meeting in early October and the talks will focus on Russian natural gas supplies to Ukraine, Kuchma’s spokesman said Wednesday.

Olexander Martynenko gave no exact date for the meeting.

Ukraine, which annually consumes up to 75 billion cubic meters of natural gas, covers more than 80 percent of its fuel needs with supplies from Russia.

Experts predict a severe winter this season, and Ukraine’s gas debt to Russia is estimated at over $2 billion.