#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – April 01 – Sochi Olympic kit and leisure sportswear outfitters, Russia’s BOSCO stores are withdrawing from the markets of Ukraine and Crimea, representatives told (Tass) on Tuesday.
A store executive based in Crimean Yalta could not say what had prompted the decision to close the store now located in Russia since Crimea’s accession to the Russian Federation.
All six stores operating in Ukraine and in Crimea will be closed.
There are two boutiques in Kiev, others in the cities of Kharkov and Donetsk in Ukraine’s mostly Russian-speaking east , and in the Black Sea city of Odessa in Ukraine’s south.
#AceFinanceNews – The price of Russian gas to Ukraine could rise to $500 per 1,000 cubic meters, as future developments in relations between Moscow and Kiev remain vague.
From April 1 the price Ukraine pays for Russian gas will go up to $360-$370 per 1,000 cubic metres, after Russia cancelled the discount agreed in late December, Pavel Zavalny, the head of Russian Gas Society told Izvestia newspaper.
In the worst case scenario, and Ukraine decides to take over Russian property, as well as new threats from radical nationalists, the price could jump to as high as to $500, the paper added.
Such a price rise may take place if the Kharkov agreement of 2010 is cancelled. Under its terms, Russia allowed a $100 discount to Ukraine for keeping its fleet in the Crimea, Izvestia quotes its source in Gazprom as saying.
“The discount of $100 was connected with the Russian fleet’s stay in the territory of Ukraine. Now, when circumstances change, it’s a big question, whether we can keep it in the future,” the Minister of Energy of Ukraine Yury Prodan said.
Gazprom has until April 10 to decide a new price.
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