Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) speaks with CEO
of Russian gas giant Gazprom Alexey Miller during their
meeting in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, on Jan. 11, 2012. Ukraine said yesterday it would cut purchases of
Russian gas supplies by half, drawing loud protests
from Moscow and raising the spectre of a fresh energy
conflict between the two uneasy neighbours. Russia hit back, saying Ukraine had not agreed the move with Russian gas giant Gazprom, indicating Kyiv could face stiff penalties.