Novak responded to the proposal of “Naftogaz” to reduce the price of gas

The contract price of gas in the II quarter of 2016 for Ukraine is “absolutely comfortable” with and without discounts, to discuss a new discount on gas with Kiev, Moscow is not yet ready. On Wednesday night, told reporters the head of the energy Ministry of Russia Alexander Novak.

He recalled that in the second quarter of the estimated contract price without the discount for Ukraine is $177 per thousand cubic meters. According to him, the prices that apply today “is much more comfortable than those prices, which are on the spot market on European gas hubs”.

“I believe that the price in the second quarter absolutely comfortable. No discounts. It corresponds to a perfect market situation, market trends”, — said the Minister.

Novak noted that the main question today of whether money from the “Naftogaz”. “If there will be money from the Ukrainian side — they can buy gas in accordance with the current contract,” — said the head of Ministry.

To discuss a new gas discount on the Russian side is not ready yet. “I’m not ready to discuss it in principle. Because we currently do not know what will be the price to emerge for the third quarter. Still too early to talk about it. This is usually in the second half of the third month of the current quarter,” — said the Minister.

6 June “Gazprom” has received an official letter from the Ukraine asking for the resumption of gas supplies. In the message it was about the second half of 2016 and first quarter 2017. The letter States that the position “Naftogaz” is unchanged in the last year and a half: the purchase of gas from “Gazprom” is possible, if the Russian company will offer a lower price than European suppliers. Economically justified “Naftogaz” considers the price level at the “minus hub transport”.

Later, the head of “Naftogaz” Andrey Kobelev on air of TV program “Shuster Live” stated that “Naftogaz of Ukraine” in the third quarter, expects to buy imported gas for less than $200 per 1 thousand cubic meters.