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Russia's further pressure on Ukraine

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian giant Gazprom took a step Monday toward cutting Ukraine's gas supply by requiring it to pay for the commodity ahead of time following the breakdown of talks.

"In full accordance with the existing contract Gazprom switched Ukraine’s Naftogaz to a system of prepayment for natural gas supplies from 10 am Moscow time (0600 GMT)," Gazprom said in a statement. "From today, the Ukrainian company will receive Russian natural gas only in the amounts it has paid for."


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