Ukraine Energy Minister Confirms Kiev Delaying Prepayment for Russian Gas

© AP Photo / Sergei ChuzavkovUkrainian worker operates a valve at a gas storage point in Bil 'che-Volicko-Ugerske underground gas storage facilities in Strij, outside Lviv, Ukraine
Ukrainian worker operates a valve at a gas storage point in Bil 'che-Volicko-Ugerske underground gas storage facilities in Strij, outside Lviv, Ukraine - Sputnik International
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Kiev has not made an advance payment for Russian gas supplies in April yet, Ukraine’s Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said Wednesday.

KIEV (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, Russian energy giant Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said that Ukraine’s Naftogaz had not made contracted prepayments for April supplies yet.

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"It is not made yet, but we plan to do it," the Ukrainian energy minister said at a press briefing.

Gazprom cut gas deliveries to Ukraine last summer, citing a $5 billion Kiev debt.

Gas deliveries were renewed December 2014, under a winter-package deal. That deal, which expired on March 31, requires advance payments from Kiev at a discounted price of $329 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas.

On Tuesday, the Russian government extended the price discount for Russian gas supplied to Ukraine for three months due to Ukraine's failing economy.

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