Ukraine is seeking permission to delay payment for Russian gas now in storage and pending consumption, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said on Monday, Reuters reported.

"We would like to secure a small delay in payment of a few months for this gas in storage and not yet consumed," the prime minister`s press service quoted her as telling coal industry officials as a delegation flew to Moscow to pursue gas supply talks. Most of the gas at issue was sent to Ukraine in October.

"This would be until we start using and consumers start paying for the gas now in storage. I think we will achieve a mutual understanding on this."

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