According to Kommersant, the press has discovered detailsregarding the conversation of the Ukrainian and Russian presidentson the sidelines of the CIS summit in Ashkhabat which causedannoyance of other colleagues and participants.
After the sessionthe delegation of the CIS leaders has moved into the hall, where anextended session was starting. In the end of the line were thepresidents of Russia and Ukraine with the latter "desperatelygesticulating trying to prove something to Russian PresidentVladimir Putin."
According toUkrainian negotiators, Yanukovych told them that he had discussedthe issue of gas transit with his Russian counterpart. And theissue was the transit of Turkmenistan gas through Kazakhstan andRussia to Ukraine. Ukraine is thinking about direct transit aroundKazakhstan, writes Kommersant.
After a couple ofminutes to two "runaways" were joined by Kazakhstan PresidentNazarbayev, and the conversation became "more lively and evenfierce." It lasted "six or seven minutes, and all the other leadersof the CIS countries stood waiting for the three colleagues at theentrance to the hall." Finally the host of the summit, thePresident of Turkmenistan approached the trio and pointed to othercolleagues, after which the event finallycontinued.
Moreover,Yanukovych had a bilateral conversation with President ofTurkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov - these talks were alsowidely discussed on the sidelines of the presidential palaceRuhyet. Experts link the activity of the Ukrainian leader with thegas issue - namely, the search for an alternative supply of naturalgas to Russian.
A large package of20 documents was signed at the summit, Novye Izvestiia reports.Among them the agreement on cooperation in the field of integratedCIS currency market, the Agreement on financial intelligence, theAgreement on cooperation in training anti-terroristunits.