Ukraine`s prime minister said on Monday that a contract with Russia for natural gas supplies in 2009 could be signed in November.

"I think we could sign it in November," Yulia Tymoshenko was quoted by UNIAN news agency as saying. "I am certain that we will reach an understanding and sign the necessary documents with the Russian Federation."

The head of Ukraine`s national oil and gas company Naftogaz, Oleh Dubyna, said earlier the deal would be signed in late October.

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Tymoshenko met with her Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow in early October. The sides agreed to remove intermediary traders from the supply scheme and switch to European-level prices for gas within three years.

The price for Russian-supplied gas in 2009 has not been disclosed. Kiev has repeatedly said it hoped the price will not exceed $300 per 1,000 sq m. This year, Ukraine pays $179.5.

RIA Novosti