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Russia Orders Ukraine to Prepay for Natural Gas

Russia has ordered energy-dependent Ukraine to pay in advance for all future natural gas deliveries, as Kyiv's cash-poor government struggles to maintain economic and political stability. The Russian Energy Ministry says Ukraine missed a Wednesday deadline to pay down its $3.5 billion energy debt, and said all gas sent from June 1 will require cash in advance. It remained unclear late Thursday what impact the pre-payment edict will have on the European Union. Russia supplies about...

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