The former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov stated that, according to the authorities, in storage has accumulated 16 billion cubic meters of gas, but Kiev does not mean that half of this quantity cannot be extracted because it is used to maintain the pressure.
MOSCOW, 12 Oct. Ukraine will not be able to do without purchasing gas in the coming winter, said the former Prime Minister of the country Mykola Azarov.
“Are some fantasies that Ukraine allegedly enough. Their hopes for a warming climate, that winter will be warm, and if winter will be cold and people will freeze, again, blame will be Russia,” Azarov said in an interview with TV channel “Russia-24”.
According to him, the authorities indicate that in storage has accumulated 16 billion cubic meters of gas, but half that number cannot be removed because it is used to maintain the pressure, and in winter the gas consumption is 6-8 billion cubic meters per month.
The head of Ministry of Ukraine Volodymyr demchyshyn previously did not rule out that the winter of 2016-2017 years the country will be able to pass without purchasing Russian gas. As for the current heating season, according to the Ukrainian Minister, to pass it without Russian gas is impossible.
Earlier on Monday, Gazprom announced the resumption of gas supplies to Ukraine after receipt from Naftogaz 234 million advance payment for Russian gas promised by Kiev, according to the so-called “winter package” of 500 million.
In winter gas package, which Ukraine, Russia and the European Commission initialled on 25 September, agreed the purchase of “Naftogaz” from “Gazprom” gas credit on 500 million dollars attracted using the EC. The government of the Russian Federation provided Ukraine a discount for the fourth quarter of approximately $ 20 per thousand cubic meters. Itself the contract price is 248-252 dollars per thousand cubic meters, said energy Minister Alexander Novak.
In January-June of 2015, Ukraine has purchased 3.7 billion cubic meters of Russian gas. In July, August and September, Naftogaz bought gas from Russia. The Ukrainian side is not satisfied with the price, with the discount of $ 40 had to be 247,17 dollars per thousand cubic meters. During this period, Ukraine was the cost of gas purchased on the reverse.