Ukraine faces gas cut threat as talks with Russia fail




 
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June 16th, 2014  
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Topic: Ukraine faces gas cut threat as talks with Russia fail


By Natalia Zinets and Vladimir Soldatkin KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine faces the threat of Russia cutting off gas supplies when a 0600 GMT deadline passes on Monday after talks on a long-running gas pricing dispute failed. Russian natural gas producer Gazprom said it was not extending the deadline for Ukraine to start paying off its gas debts after the discussions ended in the early hours of the morning in Kiev, raising the prospect of disruptions to gas flows to the European Union via Ukraine. The breakdown of the talks is likely to increase political tensions that have mounted in the past few days between Kiev and Moscow as Ukrainian government forces clashed heavily with pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine.




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