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Gazprom: No payment received from Ukraine

Moscow - The chief executive of Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom said Wednesday that no payment from Ukraine had been received, despite a threatened New Year's Day cut-off of gas shipments.

Gazprom says it is owed 2 billion dollars by Ukraine, partially for past shipments and partially in late fees.

Ukraine banks finance gas debt pay off to Russia

Kiev - A pair of of Ukrainian banks will finance a massive payoff of a gas debt to Russia, signalling a possible breakthrough in an energy crisis threatening natural gas shipments to Europe, according to a govenrment executive order Tuesday evening.

Gazprom preparing to turn off gas to Ukraine

Moscow - The head of Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom said Tuesday that technical preparations had begun to shut down gas flows to Ukraine, as pressure mounts over non-payments by Kiev one day before the New Year deadline.

Gazprom pledges to supply gas to Europe despite Ukraine dispute

Moscow - Russian export monopoly Gazprom pledged Monday to honour contracts for gas deliveries to European consumers despite an impasse in negotiations with Ukraine to recoup debt arrears or see supplies cut.

US warship docks in Georgia

Moscow/Tbilsi - A US warship docked in Georgia's Black Sea port of Poti on Monday in a marker of support for the post-Soviet state since its war with Russia in August.

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