In Kiev said about the readiness to buy gas from Russia at a price of $160-170

The Ukrainian authorities are ready to buy Russian gas at the price of $160-170 dollars per thousand cubic meters. About it “RIA Novosti” said the Ukrainian Minister of energy and coal industry Volodymyr demchyshyn, who took part in the nuclear security summit in Washington.

“The price of $160-170 dollars would suit us. This is a fair price”, — said demchyshyn. According to him, the price which offers “Gazprom”, which is disadvantageous for Ukraine. “Between “Naftogaz” and “Gazprom” there is a contract, signed in 2009 on extremely disadvantageous terms for Ukraine, which has a pricing formula. We say that this price is insufficient to Ukraine was profitable to buy the gas,” the Minister said.

Demchyshyn said that Ukraine buys gas from European suppliers at the price of $170 per thousand cubic meters. “For example, we buy from the traders, in particular, in Germany, a supplier of gas to Ukraine is the Norwegian company Statoil,” said he. The Minister added that there are still a dozen traders who change, since “contracts, typically intended for a month.”

Minister of energy expressed the view that “some extreme situations in which the seller [Russia] would expect demand at high price, now no.” Demchyshyn said that Ukraine has enough gas reserves. He also reminded that the country ends the heating season.

Yesterday the Minister said that Kiev is ready to buy Russian gas if its price will be market. Then he pointed out that the cost “significantly below $180 per thousand cubic meters”.