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Kremlin: 'no Russia-Ukraine deal' on gas or customs union

Kremlin: 'no Russia-Ukraine deal' on gas or customs union
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The Kremlin says Moscow and Kyiv have not signed an agreement on reducing Russian gas prices, and did not discuss Ukraine’s possible membership of a customs union at a meeting on Friday.

The two countries’ presidents met on Friday in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, said Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych discussed “cooperation in energy”, but that “no final agreement” had been reached.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a Ukrainian opposition leader allied to the jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, had warned that an accord with Russia would be a “political and economic catastrophe”.

Tension has been reported on Saturday around the state TV headquarters in Kyiv, amid anti-government protests that began when a planned deal with the EU was called off.

Special police forces are said to have taken over the signal tower, they say to ensure security because of protests nearby..