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Main news of December 20

* Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov said his country would survive without Russian gas and urged it should focus on the development of energy saving technology

* Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted the UN Convention against Corruption to the lower house of parliament for ratification

* Gazprom said the Russian energy giant and Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) were hoping that Russia and South Korea would soon sign an intergovernmental agreement on supplies of natural gas

* Gazprom Deputy Board Chairman Alexander Ryazanov said Georgia and Russia would continue talks in the first quarter of 2006 on long-term Russian natural gas supplies

* Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli said Georgia would buy Russian natural gas at the price of $110 per 1,000 cu m in 2006

* Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said upcoming amendments to Russian legislation would not change the status of foreign non-governmental organizations in Russia

* The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade said the annual inflation rate in Russia for 2005 was expected to stand at 11-11.2%

* Head of the strategic air command Lieutenant General Igor Khvorov said Russia was planning to test launch more than 10 cruise missiles next year

* The Financial Times reported Donald Evans, a former U.S. secretary of commerce, rejected a top managerial position with state-run Russian oil major Rosneft

* A Russian cargo ship arrested by the North Korean authorities on December 5 set course for the Pacific port of Vladivostok

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