Russia, Ukraine fail to reach a new gas deal in Paris

The presidents of Russia and Ukraine failed to agree on a new contract for natural gas supplies when they met for peace talks in Paris on Monday

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “so far we can't say a solution to the problem was found," adding that the two countries agreed to “keep talking” about the issue.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said Ukraine was prepared to venture into a “gas war" in order to negotiate a deal. The country's president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said last month that the deal was a priority for Ukraine and important for Europe’s energy security.

Relations between Russia and Ukraine have been poor since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and Moscow supported a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine.