Putin warns of risk to European gas supplies

(AGI) Rome, Feb 25 - Russia will cut gas supplies to Ukraine ifit fails to pay in advance for deliveries and this "wouldcreate a problem" for gas to Europe, said Russian PresidentVladimir Putin. Gazprom had warned of a problem, but he hopedthings would not come to that, he said at press conference withhis Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades, who was visitingMoscow. In addition, he said Kiev's decision to cut gassupplies to eastern areas occupied by Russian separatistssmacked of "genocide". He said: "It's not enough that there'shunger there and the OSCE has reported

(AGI) Rome, Feb 25 - Russia will cut gas supplies to Ukraine ifit fails to pay in advance for deliveries and this "wouldcreate a problem" for gas to Europe, said Russian PresidentVladimir Putin. Gazprom had warned of a problem, but he hopedthings would not come to that, he said at press conference withhis Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades, who was visitingMoscow. In addition, he said Kiev's decision to cut gassupplies to eastern areas occupied by Russian separatistssmacked of "genocide". He said: "It's not enough that there'shunger there and the OSCE has reported a humanitariancatastrophe, but then to switch off gas supplies too! What doyou call that? That already smacks of genocide." The Ukrainiangovernment, according to the Minsk agreements, must ensureenergy supplies to Donetsk and Lugansk, he said. "The Minskagreements were established by a resolution of the UN SecurityCouncil and have the force of a document of international lawand therefore must be respected." (AGI).