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Gazprom Talks With Kyiv Collapse, No New Date Set

Sergei Kupriyanov, a spokesman for Russia’s Gazprom, says talks in Kyiv about its gas dispute with Ukraine ended early on June 15 without any breakthrough.

Kupriyanov said a new date for talks has not been set.

Earlier, Ukraine’s Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan said negotiations would continue on June 15 in a bid to resolve the dispute over Russia’s gas price.

Moscow is threatening to cut supplies to Ukraine if Kyiv does not pay $1.95 billion by June 16.

The move would cut deliveries passing through Ukraine to the European Union – which was represented in the talks by European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

Ukraine has offered to pay debts to Gazprom if Moscow agrees to charge $326 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas for 18 months.

Russia says its "final price" is $385 per 1,000 cubic meters.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, BBC, and ITAR-TASS