Russian PM insists Ukraine has to pay debt

May 20, 2014

Reliability of gas transit supplies from Russia to Europe depends from Ukraine, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with TV channel Bloomberg, ITAR-TASS reported on May 20.

“If Ukrainian market is in a stable state and if Ukrainians fulfill all their commitments Europeans will receive everything what they should have,” he noted.

“But we cannot neglect the fact that there is Ukraine between the European Union and Russia,” Medvedev admitted.

"They (Kiev authorities) should present to us a debt-payment schedule and pay a reasonable amount, i.e. discharge part of the debt," Medvedev said in an interview with Bloomberg television. "Of course, it should be a sizable portion, which will show absolutely clearly that they will be paying their debts." After that Russia and Ukraine can sit down at the negotiating table and discuss how their gas cooperation will develop, Medvedev added.

Copyright: ITAR-TASS, 2014