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Signing of Ukraine-Russia Gas Deal Delayed Again

Ukraine's Prime Minister Yury Yekhanurov says the signing of a controversial natural gas deal with Russia has been postponed again.

The signing had already been delayed from Saturday to Wednesday. But Mr. Yekhanurov says experts continue to work on the documents.

The draft agreement calls for Ukraine to pay Russia nearly twice as much for natural gas. The new price would be $95 per 1,000 cubic meters, up from the previous rate of $50.

The two sides reached the deal January 4, after a three-day suspension of Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine.

The agreement triggered a political crisis in Ukraine, and parliament voted to dismiss the government.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.