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Russia shuts off gas to Ukraine

Russia has stopped all gas supplies to Ukraine after the collapse of talks to end a row over unpaid bills and prices.


Russia’s gas giant Gazprom said it turned off the taps at 0700 GMT, when its contract to supply Ukraine ended.

Ukraine insists it has paid off its debts to Gazprom, but Russia contests this. The two countries have also failed to agree on a price for 2009.


Both Russia and Ukraine insist that gas supplies transported via Ukraine to the European Union will continue as normal.


There have been fears that the row could lead to energy shortages in Europe, as pipes across Ukraine carry about a fifth of the EU’s gas needs.


BBC



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