Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is still open to talks on Ukraine's gas debt, accusing the EU of failing to make specific proposals to help prevent a cutoff of supplies from next month.
Putin also called on Brussels to more actively engage in finding ways to stabilise crisis-hit Ukraine's economy. "Unfortunately, we have to say that we have not received any specific proposals from our partners as to how to stabilise the situation," said in the letter released by the Kremlin.
Putin pointed out that Russian gas company Gazprom "has not received a single payment... despite the fact that Ukraine has received the first tranche of an IMF loan to the amount of $3.2 billion".
In response, the European Commission called Putin's claims "unfounded" and said Brussels had sought talks for a "long time".