Russia cuts gas to Ukraine, flows to EU threatened


KIEV/GORKI, Russia – Russia cut off gas to Ukraine on Monday in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace in the former Soviet republic. After weekend violence that included the loss of 49 troops in the downing of a Ukrainian plane, Russia said Kiev missed a deadline for a $1.95 billion debt payment and it would now only get gas paid for in advance. It insisted that Ukraine must also ensure that it lets Russian gas flow through its international pipelines to Moscow’s clients in the European Union. Kiev and Moscow blamed each other for the failure to agree overnight on the price of future gas deliveries and refused to abandon…

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