31 Aug 2009 11:22

Putin, Tymoshenko to discuss gas cooperation in Gdansk

MOSCOW. Aug 31 (Interfax) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will discuss gas and a possible Russian loan to Kyiv in Gdansk, Deputy head of the Russian Cabinet staff Yuri Ushakov said.

"Plenty of issues will be discussed at the meeting. Certainly, the sides will ponder gas," Ushakov said ahead of Putin's visit to Poland.

Practical aspects of cooperation between the Russian and Ukrainian governments will also be on the agenda, alongside a possible Russian loan to Kyiv, he said.

The media is likely to be barred from the meeting, Ushakov said.

Putin and Tymoshenko coordinated the schedule of bilateral meetings, including the Gdansk rendezvous, in a recent telephone conversation, he said.

"There is an agreement to hold a meeting of the CIS Council of Prime Ministers in Yalta in November, and such events always provide a possibility of bilateral contacts," Ushakov said.

"It is hard to predict whether Putin and Tymoshenko will have a bilateral meeting there," he said.