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February 13, 2008 Presidents Resolve Ukraine Gas Dispute  By ANDREW E. KRAMER MOSCOW — The presidents of  Russia  and  Ukraine  averted a threatened cutoff  of natural gas supplies to Ukraine on Tuesday, at the same time that Russia’s  president said his country might aim nuclear missiles at Ukraine if it followed  through on its intention to join  NATO . “It’s horrible to say and even horrible to think,” President  Vladimir V. Putin  of  Russia said about the prospect of possibly aiming missiles at Ukraine.  Mr. Putin made the remarks in response to a question at a Kremlin news  conference. After speaking for a time about Ukraine’s long cultural ties to  Russia, he said that NATO might deploy antimissile systems in Ukraine, and  that Russia would have to respond.  “Russia could target its missile systems at Ukraine,” he said. “Imagine that for a 
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Unformatted text preview: second. Ukraines president, Viktor A. Yushchenko , who was sitting beside Mr. Putin at the news conference, responded, saying that Ukraine had the right to choose its own alliances and that his countrys Constitution prohibited foreign military bases on its territory. Mr. Putin and Mr. Yushchenko called the news conference to announce that they had resolved a dispute just minutes before the deadline for a threatened midwinter shutoff of a quarter of Ukraines heating fuel. Last Thursday, Gazprom , the worlds largest natural gas producer and a monopoly half-owned by the Russian government, demanded a settlement for what it said was $1.5 billion in debt and threatened to halt 25 percent of Ukraines natural gas supply at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The two leaders announced...
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