Russia and Ukraine may sign a new agreement on Russian oil transit soon, Ukraine's First Deputy Premier said on Tuesday.
"We are close to signing these agreements; negotiations are underway," Andrei Kluyev said.
He said the agreements aimed to regulate guarantees and obligations on changes to oil transport tariffs through Ukrainian territory, which rose by 30 percent in January 2010.
In 2009, the Russian and Ukrainian pipeline companies Transneft and Ukrtransnafta signed two agreements on the transportation of 1.5 million tons of Russian oil per quarter to two Ukrainian oil refineries in 2010 and the transfer of at least 15 million tons of oil a year through the Druzhba pipeline network.
KIEV, October 26 (RIA Novosti)