Ukraine wants Russian cash for “stolen” Crimea gas

Ukraine claims Russia has “stolen” 2.2 billion cubic meters of gas after taking Crimea under its wing. It’s the latest blow in a battle over gas supplies sparked by Ukraine’s […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Ukraine claims Russia has “stolen” 2.2 billion cubic meters of gas after taking Crimea under its wing.

It’s the latest blow in a battle over gas supplies sparked by Ukraine’s recent political upheaval.

Yesterday the countries’ energy ministers and gas bosses met in Berlin with the EU’s Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger to discuss Russian gas supplies, according to the Ukrainian Governnment’s website.

Russian energy firm Gazprom has previously threatened to turn off the taps over an unpaid gas bill.

Today Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseny Yasteniuk said his country wants to claw back gas it is owed from Crimea.

He told a televised session of his cabinet: “We want to hear a response from Russia… on the question of returning to Ukraine 2.2 billion cubic meters of gas which Russia stole through Chernomornaftogas on the territory of (Crimea)”, reported Reuters.