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Russia says no gas talks until Kiev pays its bill

Published on Jun 16, 2014 11:11 PM
 
A gas metering station near the Chaslivci village, not far from western Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod on May 21, 2014. Russia on Monday, June 16, 2014, said it would hold no further talks over gas until Kiev settled its bills and warned it would redirect exports if Ukraine tries to siphon off European supplies. -- PHOTO: AFP 

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia on Monday said it would hold no further talks over gas until Kiev settled its bills and warned it would redirect exports if Ukraine tries to siphon off European supplies.

Moscow has cut exports to Ukraine after attempts failed to broker an 11th-hour deal on future gas supplies with state-owned Russian giant Gazprom.

"Due to Ukraine's the unconstructive position, there is no need for (official) consultations" with the European Union, said Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

Russia now wants Ukraine to prepay for all its gas, effectively cutting off supplies as the countries are locked in a dispute over billions of dollars in unpaid debts.

 
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