Moscow (AFP) To settle the long-standing Russian-Ukrainian gas dispute, Russian energy giant Gazprom paid $ 2.9 billion to Ukrainian competitor Naftogaz. "In line with last year's decision of the International Arbitration Court in Stockholm," Gazprom made the billion-dollar payment, a spokeswoman for the Russian energy giant told AFP on Friday. Naftogaz boss Jurij Witrenko confirmed receipt of the payment.