Gazprom accuses Ukraine of 'blackmail' over gas prices

The chief executive of Russian gas exporter Gazprom accused Kiev of adopting an "unconstructive" position in gas talks and of using blackmail to try to get an "ultra-low" price.

Russian Gazprom has cut off Ukraine's gas supplies. Credit: Reuters

Speaking to Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in a meeting open to reporters, Gazprom's CEO Alexei Miller said the debt Gazprom was asking for was "less than that which was required for the time period."

Read: Russia 'cuts off' Ukraine gas as payment deadline passes

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Ukraine's president extends truce for the east

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has extended a week-long ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists in the east for another three days.