Children play on a damaged armoured personnel carrier (APC) in Kiev October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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EU-brokered crunch talks to resolve the bitter gas price dispute between Russia and Ukraine failed on Tuesday, as a new meeting was set for next week amid fears Moscow could halt crucial energy supplies to Europe this winter.Russia in mid-June cut supplies to Ukraine, demanding the new pro-Western government in Kiev pay sharply higher prices in advance for new deliveries after it ran up what Moscow claims is an unpaid bill of $5.3 billion (4.1 billion euros).The "major obstacle" to an agreement is that Ukraine has not paid its gas bills for months, Oettinger said.Poroshenko had also cited the new gas price which is 20 percent lower than the price Moscow charged Ukraine after it cancelled a discount offered to former pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych.
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