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Russia, Ukraine argue over gas bill

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Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Ukrainian prime minister, said his nation will not pay extra for gas to buy Russia weapons to be used against Ukrainians. (Source: CBS) Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Ukrainian prime minister, said his nation will not pay extra for gas to buy Russia weapons to be used against Ukrainians. (Source: CBS)

(CBS) - Ukraine's prime minister said on Monday that Russia's cutting of gas supplies to Ukraine was part of "a prepared plan that started with the annexation of Crimea."

The decision by Russia came as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on gas prices and disputed unpaid bills amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Gazprom, Russia's gas giant, has tolerated late payments but now says Ukraine owes a total of $4.458 billion for gas from last year and this year.

The company announced on Monday that it's suing Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz in an international court for the $4.5 billion.

Naftogaz said it has also filed a suit against Gazprom seeking a "fair and market-based price" for gas, as well as a repayment of $6 billion for what it said were overpayments for gas from 2010.

"We won't subsidize Gazprom. Ukrainians will not fork out five billion U.S. dollars per year to let Russia spend this money on buying weapons, tanks and planes to bomb Ukraine," said Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Ukrainian prime minister.

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