Russia says has not received gas payments from Ukraine - minister

ST PETERSBURG Russia (Reuters) - Russia has still not received any new payment from Ukraine for natural gas supplies, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Saturday.

Russian state-run natural gas exporter Gazprom has threatened to halt deliveries to Ukraine on June 3 if Kiev does not pay for its gas in advance and does not start reducing its $3.5 billion (2.07 billion pounds) gas debt.

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk, Editing by Timothy Heritage)