Energy Minister Alexander Novak wrote letters to the countries — gas consumers, which warned that the imposition of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine of a penalty to “Gazprom” of $6.6 billion carries additional risks for gas deliveries to Europe. About it reports “RIA Novosti”.
“We are deeply concerned by the decision, which was adopted on 5 December the Economic court of Kiev, to impose a fine on Gazprom in the amount of $6.6 bn, In our view, it is absolutely illegal decision, because it was not taken by the Stockholm court, and it gives today the opportunity to talk about the emerging risks of gas transit to European consumers due to the fact that the Ukrainian side may be taken imposition of a penalty the appropriate penalty,” said Novak following the meeting in Brussels.
Speaking about the meeting, Novak said that the Ukrainian side expressed its readiness to buy from Russia, from 1.5 billion to 4 billion cubic meters of gas this winter. “In turn, the Russian side and Gazprom confirmed the readiness of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine in the framework of the existing contract valid till 2020 until the end of 2019”, — said the Minister.
The head of “Naftogaz” Andrey KOBOLEV, in turn, said that the talks failed to reach an agreement on the conclusion of an additional agreement between “Naftogaz” and “Gazprom”. “Without it, the purchase of Russian gas in accordance with the contract between “Naftogaz” and “Gazprom” is impossible”, — he stressed.
Earlier on Friday, the newspaper “Kommersant” wrote that Russia may be raised at the talks in Brussels the question of the abolition of the fine, which the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has ordered “to Gazprom” for the alleged violations discovered at the “market of transit” through Ukraine. In exchange, Moscow might agree to an Addendum to the contract with Gazprom, which had abolished the principle of take-or-pay.
5 Dec Kyiv Economic court satisfied the requirements of the Antimonopoly Committee on forced recovery of penalties from “Gazprom”. The total amount of the penalty is more than 171 billion hryvnia [$6,577 billion].