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Russia demands Ukraine pay its gas bill

Moscow insists Kiev owes $3.5bn in unpaid bills, but Ukraine refuses to pay and calls for international arbitration.

Last updated: 02 May 2014 20:45
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Officials from Europe, Ukraine and Russia have met in Poland to try and resolve a dispute over gas supplies and prices.

Moscow said Kiev now owes $3.5bn towards its gas bill.

Alexander Novak, Russia's energy minister, said that state-owned Gazprom might cut back on deliveries if Ukraine does not pay it's June bill in advance.

But at Friday's three-way talks in Warsaw, Ukraine again insisted that it would not pay the money to the Russian gas company and demanded international arbitration.

Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba reports from Moscow.

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