Gazprom CEO accuses Ukraine of being "unconstructive" in gas talks

GORKI, Russia, June 16 Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:35am EDT

GORKI, Russia, June 16 (Reuters) - Alexei Miller, CEO of Russian gas exporter Gazprom, accused Kiev on Monday of adopting an "unconstructive" position in gas talks and of using blackmail to try to get an "ultra-low" price.

"Thanks to the unconstructive position of the Ukrainian government, today a prepayment regime was introduced," Miller told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in a meeting open to reporters. "The debt we were asking for was less than that which was required for the time period ... but the Ukrainian side adopted a position that can only be called blackmail ... They wanted an ultra-low price." (reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Kevin Liffey)

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