But Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said it was “a trap”. Ukraine wants a new gas deal based on “a contract, rather than on the basis of whether Russia likes the Ukrainian government or not”, he said
Speaking in Moscow later on Wednesday, Mr Putin said: “We believe that our offer is more than in a partnership spirit, aimed to support the Ukrainian economy at a rather difficult time.
“But if our offers are rejected it means we will enter another stage. This is not our choice. We do not want it.”
The European Union-brokered talks in Brussels come after Russia threatened to turn off the gas taps to Ukraine if Kiev did not pay for past deliveries.
However, Russia’s deadline for payment has been repeatedly pushed back after Ukraine paid off part of the sum.
While house prices crept up, the RICS survey showed inquiries from buyers fell as banks have tightened up their lending regulations and London saw the first fall in demand for new homes since June 2012.
Chief economist at RICS Simon Rubinsohn said the strong upward momentum was starting to come off the housing market as a “level of caution” has set in among buyers and sellers.