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Russia orders Ukraine to pay in advance for future gas needs

Published on May 9, 2014 12:07 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's energy minister said on Thursday that crisis-hit Ukraine will have to pay in advance for all its future natural gas deliveries because of billions in dollars in outstanding debts.

"Russia is introducing a pre-payment regime for gas deliveries to Ukraine," Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in a statement.