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Deal still out of reach in Russia, Ukraine gas talks

Published on Jun 10, 2014 10:02 AM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Marathon talks between Ukraine and Russia to resolve a bitter gas dispute broke up overnight without a deal, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said, and are set to resume later Tuesday or Wednesday.

"All points of the deal were negotiated, and discussions will resume," Oettinger said after seven hours of talks.

Officials from Ukraine and Russia were meeting in Brussels in an eleventh-hour effort, brokered by the EU, to avert a cutoff of gas supplies from Moscow to Kiev.

The third gas war in less than a decade began after the ouster of Russia-backed president Viktor Yanukovych in February and Ukraine's decision to seek closer economic ties with the EU.

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