Rus­sia halts gas sup­ply to Ukraine

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

MOSCOW — The Rus­sian gas com­pany Gazprom halted sup­plies to neigh­bour­ing Ukraine on Wed­nes­day af­ter the col­lapse of pric­ing talks, a com­pany of­fi­cial said _ but an EU of­fi­cial said both na­tions gave as­sur­ances the dis­pute would not af­fect the flow of Rus­sian gas to Europe. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Rus­sia stopped de­liv­er­ies at 10 a.m. be­cause Ukraine didn’t make an ad­vance pay­ment for July’s gas. “Gazprom is not go­ing to send gas to Ukraine at any price with­out the ad­vance pay­ment,” Miller said in com­ments car­ried by Rus­sian news agen­cies. The latest energy dis­pute comes as Rus­sian sup­port to sep­a­ratist rebels in eastern Ukraine has strained the re­la­tions be­tween Rus­sia and Ukraine. Still, the two na­tions have had years of dis­putes over Rus­sian gas go­ing to Ukraine and head­ing onto Europe through Ukrainian pipe­lines. These dis­putes have even left other Euro­pean na­tions with­out heat in the dead of win­ter. This time, Ukraine has been buy­ing less and less gas di­rectly from Rus­sia.

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