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Putin Tells EU to Help Ukraine Pay for Winter Gas

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Europe should help Ukraine pay upfront for natural gas to guarantee steady winter supply.

“The European Commission can and should lend a hand and help Ukraine,” Putin said yesterday at a press conference in Milan after meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Ukraine won’t get Russian gas unless it prepays and Europe should extend loans or aid to help it do so, he said.