Kiev has asked Gazprom to resume gas supplies to Ukraine

“Gazprom” on June 6 received an official letter from Naftogaz with a request for the resumption of gas supplies, said the head of “Gazprom” Alexey Miller. “We are talking about nine months — the second half of 2016 and first quarter 2017”, — he explained.

“Naftogaz” sent “Gazprom” the offer to sign an Addendum to the contract between the parties which will allow “Gazprom” to return to the circle of potential suppliers of the Ukrainian company, the report said. This Supplement relates to the conditions of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine over the next three quarters. Position “Naftogaz” is unchanged in the last year and a half, the report says: the purchase of gas from “Gazprom” is possible, if the Russian company will offer a lower price than European suppliers. “Naftogaz” considers economically justified gas price from “Gazprom” the price level “minus the hub transport (prices at European hubs excluding transportation costs), says the company

The need for direct deliveries of Russian gas, Miller explained the reduction in the supply of European gas to Ukraine: “the Daily volume of reverse supplies from Europe decreased in June by 6.4 times compared to may and 16.8% in comparison with April”. However, “Naftogaz” emphasizes that pricing conditions in the European gas market will be “most attractive” during the third quarter, so the company reduced the purchase of imported gas.

Ukraine began to build a reverse supply from EU countries in 2014 after the aggravation of political relations with Russia. Kiev buys in reverse from Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, explaining that its price is lower than in Russia. According to “Naftogaz”, in 2015, Ukraine imported from Europe 9.2 billion cubic meters versus 6.1 billion from Russia. Russian gas supplies to Ukraine ended in November last year. Then “Naftogaz” picked all my pre-paid Russian gas, and new purchase orders are not sent.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in January signed a government decree about the amount of duty for gas supplies to Ukraine for the first quarter of 2016. Discount to the contract price was to be us $17.7 per thousand cubic meters: $212,3 thousand cubic meters. m against the planned contract for the $230.

However, the Ukrainian authorities, this price was not satisfied. “We do not buy gas in Russia, because we buy gas in the European Union cheaper than we were offered by Russia. The average cost of purchasing gas in the European Union — about $200,” — said in January the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

That “Naftogaz” is with “Gazprom” negotiations on the resumption of procurement from the third quarter of 2016, said Monday the head of “Naftogaz” Andrey Kobelev on air of the Ukrainian “Fifth channel”. According to him, for the resumption of purchases of Russian gas price should be lower than the price that Kiev has to offer with European destinations.

He stressed that the resumption of gas purchases from Russia will be the right decision from the point of view of minimization of consumer spending and common sense”, if “Gazprom” will agree “to make temporary changes to an existing contract.”

In “Gazprom” from further review refused to reach the representative of “Naftogaz” has not yet succeeded.