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Russia Set To Stop Gas Shipments to Ukraine

New York Times   |  ANDREW E. KRAMER   |   December 31, 2008 03:02 PM

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Negotiations over gas prices between Russia and Ukraine unraveled Wednesday and executives at Gazprom, the Russian natural gas monopoly, said they were preparing to halt supplies early Thursday morning.

If they do, customers in Western Europe will see shortages as the same pipelines in Ukraine are used for export and internal distribution. It is a problem that has bedeviled Europe's energy supplies from Russia for years.

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