Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting late on Thursday to discuss the situation with Ukrainian payments for current Russian gas supplies, Itar-Tass reported.

His spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the payment deadline is coming close and “the situation remains unresolved”.

Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller participated in the meeting.

On Wednesday President Dmitry Medvedev made it clear European consumers should interfere in the situation if they want to prevent new gas supply disruptions because Ukraine is likely incapable of paying for gas.

“This is not just a problem of Russia and Ukraine, this is a problem of gas supplies to European countries,” Medvedev told Sechin.