Putin tells Russian government to honor Ukraine aid deals

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin instructed his government on Wednesday to honor agreements for Russia to lend $15 billion to Ukraine and cut the price of gas it sells to its crisis-hit neighbor.

Putin's order, reported by Interfax news agency, underscored his pledge at a Russia-European Union summit in Brussels on Tuesday, when asked whether Russia would review the aid package if the opposition took power in Kiev.

First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, attending a meeting with Putin, said talks would be as soon as a new Ukrainian government is formed. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov was replaced on Tuesday in an acting capacity by Serhiy Arbuzov.

(Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Steve Gutterman)