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UPDATE 1-Russia says has doubts Ukraine can pay for gas
May 22, 2009 / 6:25 AM / in 8 years

UPDATE 1-Russia says has doubts Ukraine can pay for gas

* President Medvedev doubts Ukraine’s ability to pay

* Proposes EU, Russian syndicated loan to Ukraine (Adds quotes, details)

KHABAROVSK, Russia, May 22 (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday he had doubts about Ukraine’s ability to pay for Russian gas supplies and proposed the European Union help Kiev get a syndicated loan.

“We have doubts about Ukraine’s ability to pay,” Medvedev told reporters at a summit with the European Union in the city of Khabarovsk, near the border with China.

Medvedev said that, if Ukraine needed money, then the European Union and Russia could help Kiev get a syndicated loan to pay for energy supplies.

“If we are talking about credits then let us help syndicate the corresponding money for the Ukrainian state. But this should not be only Russia doing this. At the end of the day, it is not us who have problems with paying,” Medvedev said.

A Russian government source said on Thursday that Russia and Ukraine were on the verge of a new gas dispute. [ID:nLL5733] (Reporting by Oleg Shchedrov, writing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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