Putin, Topolánek discuss gas deal, Putin accepts invitation to Prague

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday evening about a gas agreement between Moscow and Kiev, Russian news agencies have reported. Mr Topolánek, whose government currently holds the EU presidency, invited Mr Putin to Prague – an offer which the Russian prime minister accepted, the Kremlin said in a statement. Mr Putin’s visit will now be organized through diplomatic channels, Moscow said. During the phone-call, the Russian premier outlined the gas agreement reached by Russia and Ukraine in detail. Gas supplies arrived on Czech territory again on Tuesday for the first time in 15 days, after Moscow and Kiev resolved a pricing dispute which left millions of homes in Europe without heat.

Author: Rosie Johnston