The head of Gazprom [RTS: GAZP] and Ukraine`s fuel and energy minister discussed Friday a possible increase of Russian natural gas transit via Ukraine to Europe in 2007, the energy giant said, according to RIA Novosti.

      "They discussed in detail a possible increase of Russia`s natural gas transit via Ukraine to Western Europe in 2007," Gazprom said in a statement following a meeting between Alexei Miller and Yuriy Boiko.

      The European Union, which imports more than a quarter of its oil and natural gas from Russia via Ukrainian pipelines, faced a brief disruption last winter when Moscow suspended gas deliveries to Ukraine over a price dispute, sparking doubts over Russia`s reliability as a supplier.