The head of the FAS ruled out a serious jump in gasoline prices in the coming decades

The head of the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) of Russia Igor Artemyev believes that in the coming decades, major jumps in the price of gasoline will not. He said this in an interview with NTV television.

“I think that Russian consumers in the next is not something that years, but decades will not see any major jumps in the price of oil and gasoline. They will continue to lower inflation or to move with inflation, but not higher,” he said.

Observed in previous years, the rise in price of gasoline Artemyev explained by the increase in excise taxes. “And if taxes are not increased, I would even say, the price would come down,” he said.

The price of gasoline and petroleum products have learned to adjust, and lately they are growing at the rate of inflation even lower, said the President of the Russian fuel Union Yevgeny Arkusha. “We used to was the lack of gasoline production, now due to the fact that radical reconstruction of most of the factories undertaken in production are normal. Oil it a bit adjust when they are not profitable to supply large volumes to the domestic market, but in these cases all work, including FAS [on] to prevent the shortage of fuel,” he said.

The interesting period will be in early 2017, when scheduled maintenance at four-month halt of the Moscow refinery, said Arcos. “If we go, it will mean that everything is stabilized on the market of gasoline and other petroleum products. If there are sharp jumps in the prices, so not everything is in order. It will be in some sense the touchstone on which everything is checked,” — said the source .

Repair of the Moscow refinery, which provides 40% of the market of oil products the Moscow region, scheduled for January—April 2017. As written earlier , independent traders and gas station owners are warned that due to repairs of the plant on the market may be a shortage of gasoline. For its part, the energy Ministry recommended that the owner of the oil refinery “Gazprom oil” and “Rosneft” and LUKOIL, which also provide fuel to Moscow and the region, to refocus supplies primarily to the domestic market.

In early December, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on increase in 2017-2019 years the rates of excise taxes, including on gasoline of the 5th grade, diesel fuel and middle distillates. The document envisages increase of the excise rate for gasoline of the 5th class from 10.13 million RUB over the t to 10,535 thousand rubles per ton in 2018 and up to 10,957 thousand RUB in 2019. For diesel fuel the law sets the rate of 6.8 thousand roubles in 2017, 7,072 thousand RUB. in 2018 and RUB 7,335 thousand in 2019.