Putin says Ukraine has a month to pay for gas before prepayment

by Reuters
Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:52 GMT

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow will wait a month for Ukraine to foot its gas bills before possibly switching to demanding upfront payments.

"We can do it today, but will wait for a month more," he said.

Russia says Ukraine owes it $2.2 billion for gas supplies. (Reporting by Christian Lowe and Polina Devitt, writing by Vladimir Soldatkin, editing by Megan Davies)