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Energy spats between Moscow and countries such as Ukraine, through which its gas passes to Europe, have led in the past to temporary cuts in gas supplies to the European Union, which is now seeking alternatives to reduce its dependence on Russian gas.

Kiev has asked Gazprom to reduce the volumes of gas it sells to the former Soviet republic, whose gas bill last month amounted to $1 billion, an amount Ukraine’s fragile economy can ill afford.

Ukrainian authorities say they will insist on cutting Russian gas imports to 27 billion cubic metres (bcm) this year from an estimated 40 bcm last year. But Gazprom insists this level is too low.

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