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Russia ready to start gas supplies to Ukraine after partial debt repayment — minister

Russia's energy minister said Ukraine is ready to repay $3.1 billion

ATYRAU /Kazakhstan/, September 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is ready to restart natural gas supplies to Ukraine, if Kiev makes a partial $2 billion debt repayment and prepays for the new supplies, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday.

“On our part, we are practically ready to do everything on a package we have agreed upon. We’ll wait for a reaction from the Ukrainian side in the coming days,” Novak said in response to a question about the possibility of signing a gas agreement already this week as part of consultations between Russia and Ukraine with the EU’s mediation.