MOSCOW/KIEV, October 12. Gazprom started gas supplies to Ukraine, told journalists the head of the company Alexey Miller.
“Today at 10.00 Gazprom started delivering gas to Ukraine”, – he said.
According to him, “Naftogaz” transferred “Gazprom” $234 million of the promised $500 million “From the NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine” received the Deposit in the amount of $234 million of the promised $500 million in October,” – said the head of “Gazprom”.
He also said that Ukraine has requested the maximum mode of delivery of Russian gas. “Ukraine has requested the maximum mode of delivery of 114 million cubic meters per day, which corresponds to the annual selection of gas by Ukraine at 52 billion cubic meters”, – he said.
“Ukrtransgaz” does not yet have information
The company “Ukrtransgaz” does not yet have any information on the resumption of Russian gas supplies, said the head of the Department of public relations and press relations of “Ukrtransgaz” Maxim Bilyavskiy.
“The press-service at this point, there is no data concerning the state of gas supplies and its possible scale,” he said.
According to Milevskogo, it is expected that the “new information” from dispatchers regarding the supply of gas is expected by 12:00 hrs.
Conditions “winter package” of gas supplies to Ukraine and its transit to Europe for the period from 1 October to 31 March were agreed and initialed on 25 September at the trilateral meeting in Brussels, before which the Russian Federation and the European Commission stated that it will be signed the final document. Following the meeting, the Minister of energy and coal industry of Ukraine Volodymyr demchyshyn said that before the official signing of this document “must be held a specific legal procedure”, the essence of which he could not explain.
Later the head of the Russian Ministry of energy Alexander Novak reported that Ukraine has asked to increase the status of the tripartite agreement on gas to the level of an intergovernmental agreement. This is the first time for the entire period of tripartite negotiations on gas, said the Minister.
However, the problem is the fact that the European Commission does not have authority to sign documents with this status. The format of tripartite negotiations has the status of an Advisory body. Furthermore, according to Novak, there is no need to raise the status of this document at the interstate level.