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Putin Tells U.S. Leaders Not Nice to Read Others' Mail

Published: April 14, 2014 (Issue # 1805)




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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called Washingtons reaction to his letter to European leaders on Ukraine strange, adding its not nice to read others mail.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US was the first to react to Putins letter on the Ukraine crisis, sent to 18 European heads of state on Thursday.

An official representative from the State Department said that Russia should not politicize gas deals with Ukraine, it should support the price market, Lavrov said, adding the State Department called this gas blackmail.

Lavrov said Putins letter on the situation in Ukraine was taken seriously by its addressees.

They promised to study it quickly and prepare a reaction.

In the letter, the Russian leader voiced concerns about Ukraines debt crisis that might lead to default and disrupt Russian gas supplies to Europe.

He further called for urgent consultations at the ministerial level in order to work out concerted actions to stabilize Ukraines economy.

The Russian president painted a bleak picture of Ukraines economy, saying the country is steadfastly heading toward default because of its unbalanced trade with Europe.

Russian energy giant Gazprom will be compelled to switch over to prepaid gas deliveries to Ukraine or completely cut off natural gas supplies, should Kiev further violate its terms of payment, he told European leaders.





 


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