Putin threatened to turn off the gas to Ukraine next month if the government in Kyiv does not start paying off its debts, KyivPost reports.

He said this during question and answer session on live television in Moscow April 17.

Putin also added that Russia is “not insisting on being paid right away". "We are ready to wait for another month. But if no payments come in, we'll switch to a prepaid system.” - he said.

At the beginning of April, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hinted that Russia might switch to such a system if Ukraine does not pay off its gas debts.