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Putin demands Ukraine prepay for natural gas

Posted: May 16, 2014 at 3:47 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (second from right) visits the Mir tall ship Thursday in Sochi. Putin said in a letter Thursday that Russia will deliver gas to Ukraine only if it pays in advance starting next month.

Ukraine must pay in advance for Russian gas supplies starting next month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, raising pressure on the struggling neighbor as Moscow voiced dismay over what it says is Ukraine's reluctance to implement an international peace plan.

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