Russia, Ukraine bid to end gas row

Medvedev calls for international involvement in resolving its dispute with Ukraine.

    Medvedev has called on the EU to "help find the needed solutions" to the gas dispute [GALLO/GETTY]

    EU help

    Meanwhile, the Russian president called for a greater international involvement in resolving its gas dispute with Ukraine.

    Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that the dispute between Russia and Ukraine on gas prices and debt payment had "gone beyond the bounds of bilateral relations and can be resolved only with participation of European countries."

    "We are ready to look for any long-term solution. We hope Ukraine is ready to do the same and that our European partners will help bring about the necessary decisions," Medvedev said.

    "We expect anyone interested in resolving the problem as soon as possible to come to the summit being held in Moscow tomorrow," he added.

    Individual European governments have declined Russia's invitation to send their leaders to the Moscow "summit," with France saying that conditions would not be "ripe" until Russian gas flowed again through Ukraine.

    Mirek Topolanek, the Czech prime minister, said an "exhausted" EU was trying to avoid "European delegations travelling to Moscow as hostages or supplicants".

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.