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Ukraine expected to pay about $ 440 mln for Russian gas it consumed in February

Ukraine is expected to pay about $ 440 million for the Russian natural gas it consumed in February, the interim acting Minister of Energy and Coalmining, Yuri Prodan told reporters Sunday.

"It'll come to around $ 440 million for February," he said, adding that about $ 10.6 mln was remitted to Russia's main producer and exporter of natural gas, OAO Gazprom, last year.

Ukraine's outstanding debt to Gazprom for last year totals $ 1.5 billion.

The country's national oil and gas monopoly Naftogaz Ukrainy issued a statement three days ago where it said it had paid Gazprom for the gas imported in January.

[Source: Itar Tass, Kiev, 09Mar14]

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