Gazprom says halts Ukraine gas deliveries over Kyiv non-payment
MOSCOW - Agence France-Presse
AFP photoRussian state giant Gazprom on Nov. 25 said it had halted gas deliveries to Ukraine after Kyiv failed to make upfront payments for more supplies.
Gazprom chief Alexei Miller said that as of 07.00 GMT Ukraine’s Naftogaz had used up all the gas it had paid for and “no new upfront payment has been made.”
“As such, deliveries have been stopped until the receipt of new payments from the Ukrainian company,” Miller said in a statement.
“The refusal to buy Russian gas will create serious risks for the reliable transit of gas to Europe through Ukraine and for the supply of gas to Ukrainian consumers during the upcoming winter,” Miller warned.
Russia and Ukraine, locked in a bitter feud since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, have been involved in a festering gas pricing dispute that has seen supplies repeatedly cut off.
Moscow turned the taps back on in October under a deal that saw Kyiv switch to a pre-payment system, meaning that cash-strapped Ukraine must stump up money in advance to cover Russian gas deliveries.
Some 15 percent of the gas used in Europe travels through Ukraine, and the EU has been involved in mediating the dispute between the two sides.