He saidthis in an interview to the Indian newspaper The Hindu, reports theUkrainian News.
"Keeping high gas prices for Ukraine, Russia islosing the largest European gas market of 70 billion cubic meters ayear," said the President.
According to him, Ukraine does not have themoney to buy gas at prices that are higher by nearly $ 200 percubic meter than the European ones.
"We are looking for alternative sources,replacing gas with coal, and we plan to produce synthetic gas fromcoal," - he added.
At that, Yanukovych expressed confidence thatUkraine and Russia will come to an agreement in the gasissue.