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Russia hopeful on gas pact with Ukraine

Russia's government hopes an agreement on natural gas will soon be reached with Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday at the start of talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Kostyantyn Hryshchenko.

"We hope an agreement on the gas business will be achieved shortly on mutually agreeable terms," Lavrov said at the site of discussions in the Russian city Nizhny Novgorod involving the joint Russian-Ukrainian commission.

Lavrov added that Russia is seeking "solutions together with our Ukrainian colleagues."

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