Ukraine says enough gas in storage to meet needs until December

MOSCOW, June 16 Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:50am EDT

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MOSCOW, June 16 (Reuters) - Ukraine has almost 14 billion cubic metres of gas in underground storage, enough to meet its needs until December, the chief executive of state gas company Naftogaz said on Monday.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, sitting beside Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev at a news briefing, blamed the breakdown of talks in a gas pricing dispute on Russia, saying Moscow had hoped to cause Kiev problems in winter.

"But it is not about gas. It is a general Russian plan to destroy Ukraine," Yatseniuk said.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Editing by Timothy Heritage)