"The Ukrainian economy is in a very difficult situation…so, despite the burden to the Russian budget…we believe it possible to satisfy the request by Gazprom and the Ukrainian side," Medvedev said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian Minister of Energy Volodymyr Demchyshyn said extended deliveries of Russian gas to Ukraine were expected to cost $248 per 1,000 cubic meters.
Meanwhile President Putin said that further gas discounts for Ukraine for July-September will be discussed in three months taking into account global oil prices.
Kiev is currently paying $329 per 1,000 cubic meters under the "winter package" deal, which was mediated by the European Union and signed by Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz in 2014. The deal, which stipulates a $100 discount per 1,000 cubic meters of Russian gas, expires on March 31.