Ukraine is suspending payments to Russia for gas deliveries until the conclusion of price talks, chief executive Andriy Kobolev said on Saturday.
Russia has raised the gas price
for Ukraine and claimed it owed Moscow USD 2.2B in unpaid bills. Ukraine gets
about half of its gas supply from
Moscow and a large proportion of Europe's gas comes from Russia via Ukraine.
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the country could cut off gas to Ukraine, thus potentially threatening Europea
n supplies, however later toned down the threat.
Meanwhile, in Eastern Ukraine, a group of pro-Russian armed
activists in camouflage outfits seized a police station in the town of Slaviansk.
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