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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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- Spring '08
- International Organizations