Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during g the State Council meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Russia denied Ukrainian and Western claims that it is supplying the rebels with troops and equipment, with the possible aim of a full-scale war. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview Monday with state television, said "such an apocalyptic scenario is hardly possible." (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service) (The Associated Press)
MOSCOW – A spokesman for the Russian gas giant Gazprom says the company could cut off supplies to neighboring Ukraine by the end of the week, barring further payments.