Minister: Kiev will buy Russian gas in the current heating season

Minister: Kiev will buy Russian gas in the current heating season

KYIV, 11 February. Ukraine will not buy Russian natural gas in the current heating season. This was stated to journalists after the government meeting the country’s Minister of energy and coal industry of Ukraine Volodymyr demchyshyn.

“No need to buy Russian gas this heating season. Next year is a very big chance that also do not have”, – he said.

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According to the Minister, Kiev has enough of those volumes of gas which it draws from its underground gas storages (UGS), as well as fuel coming into the country for reverse schemes from Europe and is produced in the territory of Ukraine.

The Minister suggested that on completion of the heating season in UGS country will have about 9 billion cubic meters of gas that “2 billion cubic meters more from the plan”.

Commenting on the process of negotiations on supplies of Russian gas Demchyshyn said that Kyiv expects the visit of the Deputy head of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič in March this year, during which the sides will discuss “a new tripartite Protocol on gas supplies” (between the EU, Russia and Ukraine).

Previously adviser to the head of the company “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Yuriy Vitrenko said that the Ukrainian company soon expects to hold negotiations with Russian Gazprom on gas transit.

He explained that from 1 January 2016 in the Ukraine full work of the European energy legislation. “It’s not only the new tariffs for natural gas transportation. It and network codes, and more”, – he noted.

Therefore, according to Vitrenko, a transit contract between Naftogaz and Gazprom must be brought into compliance “with changes in the national legislation for compliance with international obligations of Ukraine”.


Gas agreement of Russia, Ukraine and the EU

October 31, 2014 in Brussels signed the agreement on gas between Russia, Ukraine and the EU. Infographics.