Moscow. March 31. The validity of the winter package has expired, Russia from April 1, will not grant Ukraine a discount on gas, said the statement of the head of the Russian Ministry of energy Alexander Novak, posted on the Agency’s website.
“Thirty-first day of March 2016 expires the discount for gas for Ukraine, which was provided by the government of the Russian Federation for the 1st quarter of 2016 in the amount of $17,77. The final price of gas for Ukraine in the 1st quarter amounted to $212 per 1 thousand cubic meters. Agreement on the discount had been installed within the so-called “winter package, agreed by Russia, Ukraine and the European Union”, – said the Minister
“Since April 1 this year, the price of gas Ukraine will fully comply with the existing contract between “Gazprom” and “Naftogaz of Ukraine””, – he stressed.
As reported, the Russian government has approved for the fourth quarter of 2015, the discount on Russian gas of $24.6 per 1 thousand cubic meters to the contract price to $252 per 1 thousand cubic meters, which means that Ukraine could buy it at $227,4 per 1 thousand cubic meters.
For the first quarter of 2016, the discount was reduced to $17,77 for 1 thousand cubic metre that the amount of the contract price of about $230 for 1 thousand cubic metre leads to a price of about $212,23 per 1 thousand cubic meters. But Ukraine believes the price is too high.
Following the September tripartite negotiations “Naftogaz of Ukraine” has bought at “Gazprom” 2 billion cubic meters of gas in October and nearly 400 million cubic meters in November. 25 November “Naftogaz of Ukraine” stopped buying Russian gas and passed on the purchase of cheaper raw materials from Europe.