Russia wants Ukraine to repay gas debt


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that Gazprom use all legal means available to force Ukraine to pay its $2.4-billion debt for natural gas.

"We need to fully clarify ourselves with Ukraine's debt and recover it on a goodwill or compulsory basis. Because it is stated in the current legislation and within the frames of our bilateral relationships," Interfax quoted Medvedev as saying to Gazprom's chief executive Alexei Miller at a meeting in the Kremlin.


The Russian leader noted that the Ukrainian prime minister had promised to pay the debt during her recent visit to Moscow, but no money has been transferred to Gazprom's account.

RIA Novosti