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Just as millions of Europeans struggling through cold winter temperatures thought a resolution had been reached in the Russia-Ukraine natural gas standoff, Russia said it will not proceed on a deal.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told his government Sunday not to follow the agreement, saying the Ukrainian side made modifications not discussed with Russia. Russia believes those changes distort the essence of the agreement brokered by the European Union.

In a statement carried on Russian state-run TV, Medvedev complained about two clauses that Ukraine had added to the document. "These clauses and annexes are a mockery of common sense and an offense against the agreements that were reached earlier," he said. Read full article »

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