According to ITAR-TASS citing Gazprom press-release, the term of transfer by Naftogaz Ukrainy of the 1.95 billion dollar tranche expired at 10:00 a.m. Moscow time (9 a.m. Kiev), and there was no information on the receipt of funds by Gazprom, Censor.NET reports.
"At 10:00 MSK Gazprom, in full compliance with the contract, transferred Naftogaz Ukrainy to prepayment for gas supply, Gazprom stated".
"The decision was made due to chronic non-payment by Naftogaz Ukrainy. The amount of the past due debt for Russian gas constitutes 4.458 billion dollars: 1.451 billion dollars for November-December 2013, and 3.007 billion dollars for the April-May 2014," the statement says.
The Russian side expected payment of accumulated gas debt in the amount of 1.951 billion dollars by 10:00 MSK, June 16.