RUSSIA: WARNS OF DISCRUPTION
Energy Minister Questioned Ukraine's Ability to Pay for Russian Natural Gas.
Russia's energy minister on Friday questioned Ukraine's ability to pay for Russian natural gas and said state-controlled OAO Gazprom will ask that deliveries scheduled in June be paid for upfront, which he said poses a risk of supply disruption to European customers.
Ukraine owes more than $3.5 billion for Russian natural gas, said Energy Minister Alexander Novak after meeting his Ukrainian counterpart, Yuriy Prodan and European Union energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger.
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