Gazprom Russian gas consortium today announced a change to a prepayment system of gas supplies to Ukraine, which is the immediate suspension of fuel pumping to the neighboring country.
Gazprom reported the action after that at 10:00 Moscow time (06:00 GMT) the deadline Russia had given Ukraine to pay USD 1,950 million, as part of its debt for earlier supplies expired.
“The decision was taken due to chronic non-payments by Naftogaz Ukrainy (the Ukrainian state gas company)”, Gazprom said in a statement on its website.
According to Gazprom, Ukraine’s debt is a total of USD 4,458 million, of which USD 1,451,000 are supplies of November and December of 2013 and USD 3,007 million for the months of April and May of this year.
“Starting today the Ukrainian company will only receive Russian gas volumes that are paid”, stated Grazpom, which stressed that so far, they have not received any payment from Naftoghaz Ukrainy.