June 13, 2008 / 2:42 PM / 12 years ago

Russia tells Ukraine: stop Black Sea oil drilling

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s foreign ministry demanded on Friday that Ukraine halt oil exploration in parts of the Black Sea because of a territorial dispute, Russian news agencies reported.

The activities of Ukrainian energy companies “are of an illegal nature and must be halted,” Itar-Tass news agency quoted the ministry as saying.

Political ties between Moscow and Kiev are strained because of Russian opposition to Ukraine’s NATO membership bid and disputes over the price at which Russia sells gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor.

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