Gazprom demanded that Naftogaz pay “illegally settled” gas

“Gazprom” for the first time since the Russian-Ukrainian gas conflict in 2009 has accused “Naftogaz Ukraine” in “the subsidence of unauthorized gas” on the Ukrainian territory. The information contained in the report of the Russian company for the fourth quarter of 2015.

According to the document, 16 October 2015, Gazprom charged the Ukrainian company claim “payment of unauthorized settled on the territory of Ukraine volumes of gas in the amount of $5,861 million.” The application was filed in the Stockholm arbitration.

The oral hearing is scheduled for the end of September 2016, and a decision should be made until the end of January 2017. Claims against the Ukrainian side had been brought under the consideration of the claim of Kiev on gas transit.

Later Director of business development at Naftogaz Yury Vitrenko has called for the prosecution of Gazprom are unfounded. “These accusations are absolute baseless. What we prove in the framework of the [Stockholm] arbitration”, — he wrote in his Facebook.

The representative of the Ukrainian company noted that “Gazprom” has put forward an accusation for a long time, and added that the amount in question, “very little”. “I remind you that in our process in Stockholm claims on both sides are measured in tens of billions of dollars”, — said Vitrenko.

In October 2014, Naftogaz filed a lawsuit against Gazprom in the Stockholm arbitration. The subject of the claim was the contract for the transit of gas to Europe, signed with the Russian company in 2009. Ukrainian company, in particular, demanded compensation in the amount of $3.2 billion for not delivering for the transit of volumes of gas, the interest on that amount, as well as bringing certain provisions of the contract between the gas companies in line with the standards of energy and Antimonopoly legislation of Ukraine and the European Union.

November 25, 2015 “Gazprom” stopped supplying gas to Ukraine in connection with the refusal of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” for the prepayment. As the head of the Russian company, Ukraine’s refusal to continue buying fuel in Russia threatens the stability of the transit of Russian gas supplies to Europe in winter.

On January 19 the head of Ministry of Ukraine Volodymyr demchyshyn said that Kyiv has raised the tariff for transit of Russian gas through its territory in half. According to Demchishin, the new rate will be $4.5 per 100 km. About the rate increase became known on 31 December of the previous year. Then in the “Naftogaz” stated that Ukraine “drastically” increased the tariff, and noted that the rate shown “in line with European principles.”

Then the representatives of “Naftogaz” suggested “Gazprom” to negotiate. In January demchyshyn said that if Gazprom refuses to pay the new price for transit, Kiev will file a lawsuit.