Merkel: gas supplies from Russia to Germany through Ukraine is not threatened

Merkel: gas supplies from Russia to Germany through Ukraine is not threatened

German leader Angela Merkel said that Germany has the confidence in Russian gas supplies, noting that sees no threat of supply interruption.

MOSCOW, 17 Oct. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that he sees no threat of stoppage of Russian gas supplies to Germany via Ukraine, reported on the official portal of the Chancellor.

“No, at the moment I do not see such threats,” said Merkel in her weekly video message. “Overall, in the past, Russia has established itself as a reliable supplier of natural gas,” she said.

“We, of course, partly trying to diversify its dependence — including in the southern oil pipelines supplying Azerbaijani gas. But, in total, Russian gas supplies have confidence,” said Merkel.

The German Chancellor also expressed happiness over the fact that the project is on a “winter package”, concerning the supply of Ukraine with natural gas, is almost complete.

Earlier 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.