Gas giant Gazprom on Wednesday halted gas supplies to Ukraine after Kiev said it was suspending purchases of Russian energy in the latest row between Moscow and its war-torn ex-Soviet neighbour. The dispute comes against the backdrop of ruptured relations between Moscow and Kiev over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, in which Russia denies directly supporting separatist rebels. Both countries were quick to stress Wednesday that gas supplies to Europe had not been affected.
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday his country would still hold a referendum on the terms of its bailout, urging people to vote 'No' in order to win a better deal. In a televised address to the nation he said Greece would continue to negotiate with its international creditors, and insisted that Athens wanted to stay in Europe. "A 'No' vote does not signify a rupture with Europe, but a return to the Europe of values," he said, rebutting accusations from EU leaders that the plebiscite was essentially a vote for or against staying in the European Union.