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Ukraine crisis: Russia says gas debt talks planned for May 2

Russia's energy minister and EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger have reached a tentative agreement for three-way talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU on Ukraine's debt to Moscow for gas to be held later this week, the Russian ministry said.

President Putin has warned Russia could halt supplies to Ukraine over gas debt of more than $2B

An employee works on pipes made for the South Stream pipeline in Vyksa, east of Moscow on April 15. Russia's energy ministry said on Monday that a tentative agreement has been reached for three-way talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU on Ukraine's gas debt to Moscow, to be held later this week. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

Russia's energy minister and EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger have reached a tentative agreement for three-way talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU on Ukraine's debt to Moscow for gas to be held later this week, the Russian ministry said..

"The meeting is planned for May 2 in Warsaw," the Russian Energy Ministry said, adding that it expected the Ukrainian delegation to confirm its participation soon. Russia had earlier proposed the talks be held on Monday in Moscow.

President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia could halt supplies to Ukraine over non-payment of more than $2 billion in debt for gas, potentially reducing deliveries to European customers who receive gas via pipelines in Ukraine. 

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