MOSCOW May 12 Russian state-controlled gas
company Gazprom has reiterated its threat to stop
supplying Ukraine with gas if it does not pay in advance for
June deliveries, Russian news agencies reported on Monday.
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Gazprom will present
Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz with a bill for June on
Tuesday, demanding payment by June 2, the reports said.
"If Ukraine does not pay for June supplies, Gazprom will, by
10am (0600 GMT) on June 3, inform the Ukrainian side what amount
of gas will be supplied in accordance with the pre-payment,"
Itar-Tass quoted Miller as saying.
He said the amount of gas to be supplied would be zero if no
payment is made.
Gazprom says Ukraine owes it $3.51 billion and has warned in
recent weeks that it would demand pre-payment for gas from next
month. The Energy Ministry had previously said the deadline for
payment was May 31.
President Vladimir Putin, locked in a standoff with the West
over Ukraine's future after annexing its Crimea region, warned
European gas customers last month that deliveries could be
disrupted if Gazprom cut supplies to transit nation Ukraine.
(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by David Goodman)