Gazprom has switched to requiring advance payment from Naftogaz Ukrainy on deliveries of natural gas in accordance with the contract between them and effective from 10:00 a.m. local time, the Russian gas giant said.
"The decision was made due to Naftogaz Ukrainy's chronic nonpayment. Its overdue indebtedness for Russian gas totals $4.458 billion: $1.451 billion for November-December 2013 and $3.007 billion for April-May 2014," the statement says.
Gazprom will supply the full volume of gas for European consumers specified in its contracts and Naftogaz Ukrainy is obligated to ensure uninterrupted gas transit to acceptance points in Europe, Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov told journalists.
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