MOSCOW, June 2 Russia's Energy Ministry
confirmed on Monday it has received $786.4 million from
Ukraine's Naftogaz for gas deliveries, essential for both sides
to start negotiations on a gas price, a spokeswoman for the
ministry told Reuters.
"Payments are for February and March," she said. Gazprom
declined to comment.
European Union mediator Guenther Oettinger said on Friday a
$786 million partial payment for back gas bills was on its way
to Moscow, clearing the way for further talks on Monday.
(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; writing by Katya Golubkova;
Editing by Lidia Kelly)