Putin and Merkel optimistic over gas accord
The European countries may pay for the costs of deliveringBERLIN - Following a meeting in the German capital Berlin, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they were optimistic about reaching an agreement concerning the delivery of gas to Europe via Ukraine.
One of the issues discussed was Mr Putin's proposal that European countries form a consortium which would pay for the extra costs of delivering through Ukrainian territory.
Later today a European delegration will attend talks between Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Radio Netherlands/ Expatica