The head of “Gazprom” called the gas price for Ukraine

The price of gas for Ukraine in the third quarter of 2016 will be $167,57 per 1 thousand cubic meters, said at a press conference in Moscow the Chairman of the Board “Gazprom” Alexey Miller, reports . Is the price formula of the contract in 2009, he said. In the second quarter, the price of Russian gas for Ukraine was $177 per 1 thousand cubic meters.

“The price is lower than in the gas trading platforms in Europe buying Russian gas for Ukraine profitable,” said Miller. Gazprom will supply as much gas to Ukraine, how much it will pay, no add-ons to the existing contract will not be signed, he added.

According to Miller, the Ukrainians want to buy 3 billion cubic meters of gas in the third quarter. And these volumes are “absolutely justified,” he said: “We are following very closely how Ukraine is pumping gas in UGS (underground gas storage. — ). Unfortunately, to date, lagging the previous two years for gas injection into UGS was already more than 2.2 billion cubic meters of gas”. The beginning of the heating season in the vaults to be 17 billion cubic meters.

Ukraine refused to buy Russian gas to European in November 2015. Kiev argued that the import of gas from Europe is cheaper than buying directly from Gazprom. However, in June “Naftogaz of Ukraine” sent a letter to Gazprom with a request to resume delivery.

The Minister of energy Alexander Novak suggested that “Naftogaz” to buy gas from Russia in the third quarter at $177 per 1 thousand cubic meters and called the price “comfortable” and appropriate to market conditions. However, Kiev refused to buy gas from Russia at Novak announced price. As noted in his Facebook Director, business development at Naftogaz Yury Vitrenko, the cost of European gas for July were “below $173”.

The representative of the Ukrainian state company “Naftogaz” has not yet responded to the request .