Prime Minister of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych ordered Fuel-Energy Minister of Ukraine Yuri Boyko to carry out preliminary talks in Moscow on the Gazprom statement.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Victor Yanukovych claimed this, opening the government’s session today.

“We should consult with the President, and I, probably, will also leave for Moscow to work over this issue”, Victor Yanukovych said.

The Prime Minister stressed that the government will undertake efforts to keep the natural gas price for Ukraine at the current level.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said Tuesday it would cut gas supplies to Ukraine, which transports 80 percent of Russian gas supplies to Western Europe, if Kyiv does not pay over a billion dollars debt for earlier deliveries this month, according to Reuters. "If the debt is not settled in October, Gazprom will be forced to begin to cut natural gas supplies to Ukrainian consumers," the company said in a statement, putting the amount of debt at 1.3 billion dollars (900 million euros).