Russia has offered to pay Ukraine about US$3 billion to end a legal row over gas, a source close to talks told Reuters on Friday, in line with the amount proposed in arbitration rulings between Russian Gazprom and Ukrainian Naftogaz.
The legal row had blocked a new deal to supply Russian gas to Ukraine and the rest of Europe, Reuters said.
The existing supply agreement expires on December 31. Talks on a new pact have been underway.
Russia's Energy Ministry and Gazprom did not reply to requests for a comment. Ukraine's Energy Ministry and Naftogaz declined to comment, Reuters said.