• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Russia cuts off gas supplies to Ukraine as tensions grow

RUSSIA has cut off gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on prices and unpaid bills amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The decision does not immediately affect the gas flow to Europe but could disrupt the long-term energy supply to the region if the issue is not resolved, said analysts.

Ukraine's Naftogaz company head Andriy Kobolev said Russia had cut the supply of gas but Ukraine can manage without Russian gas until December.

Gazprom said since Ukraine had paid nothing for the gas by yesterday, from now on the company would demand Ukraine pay in advance for any future deliveries.

Ukraine was ready to accept a compromise in talks in Kiev of paying £589 million now and more later but Russia did not accept the offer.

The gas conflict is part of a wider dispute over whether Ukraine aligns itself with Russia or with the EU and comes amid the severe crisis in relations between the two countries that has followed Russia's annexation of Crimea in March. Ukraine accuses Russia of supporting a separatist insurgency in its eastern regions, which Russia denies.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk accused Russia of deliberately blocking a gas deal to cause Kiev supply problems next winter.

Contextual targeting label: 
Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

240892