Russia's Gazprom says Ukraine's gas debt grows to $5.3 bln

MOSCOW, July 8 Tue Jul 8, 2014 5:52am EDT

MOSCOW, July 8 (Reuters) - Russia's top gas producer Gazprom said on Tuesday Ukraine had not met its payment deadline for June resulting in its total debt to the company rising to $5.3 billion.

"The unwillingness of Ukraine ... to pay for Russian gas is becoming chronic and once again shows that the move to pre-payment, which is foreseen in the contract, is the only real solution," chief executive Alexei Miller said in a statement. (Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)