Ukraine resorting to blackmail, says Russian president

(AGI) Kiev, July 1 - Ukraine was refusing to pay debts andresorting to outright blackmail by demanding groundless cuts inthe price of Russian gas, said Russian President VladimirPutin. Speaking before a conference of Russian ambassadors,Putin said consumers and "conscientious" producers should notsuffer the negative consequences of "actions by Ukrainianpoliticians." . .

(AGI) Kiev, July 1 - Ukraine was refusing to pay debts andresorting to outright blackmail by demanding groundless cuts inthe price of Russian gas, said Russian President VladimirPutin. Speaking before a conference of Russian ambassadors,Putin said consumers and "conscientious" producers should notsuffer the negative consequences of "actions by Ukrainianpoliticians." . .