MOSCOW, January 14. Ukraine is not buying Russian gas due to high prices and because of the lack of money and availability of gas in storage, told reporters energy Minister Alexander Novak.
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“I think with the prepaid they have great difficulty because there is no money to buy gas. We understand that not buying gas because the price is high, but because there is no money. And now we see the temperature conditions still allow to take gas from underground storages”, – he said.
Earlier, Minister of energy and coal industry of Ukraine Volodymyr demchyshyn said that Ukraine will continue in 2016 the purchase of Russian gas prepaid. He also claimed that Ukraine now has the necessary resources to confidently pass the heating season and in the gas issue, it doesn’t depend on anyone.
The Minister of energy earlier noted that for the heating season Ukraine needs 19 billion cubic meters of gas. However, he acknowledged that, “unfortunately, to 19 billion cubic meters of gas to accumulate until the end of the year is impossible, despite the credit funds from the European Bank for reconstruction and development in the amount of $ 300 million”. According to the latest data, the Ukrainian underground storage facilities is approximately 16,27 billion cubic meters of gas.