April 24, 2019 / 6:57 AM / a month ago

Ukrainian president-elect calls for talks with IMF on lower gas prices

KIEV, April 24 (Reuters) - Ukraine’s president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday called on the government and state energy company Naftogaz to hold talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on lowering household gas prices from May 1.

The IMF, which is helping Ukraine with a multi-billion dollar loan programme, has said it wants to see gas prices rise to their market level.

Zelenskiy said in a statement on Facebook he wanted a planned gas price rise cancelled and for prices to be lowered instead. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk Writing by Andrew Osborn Editing by Matthias Williams)

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