Miller said the threat of seizure of Ukraine’s ongoing gas to Europe

Issued by the Economic court of Kiev the decision on compulsory collecting with “Gazprom” more than 171 billion hryvnia (about $6.5 billion at current exchange rates) poses a threat to Russian gas transit to Europe, warned the head of “Gazprom” Alexey Miller.

“We have reason to believe that the decision of the Kiev court is not accidental, but is dictated by the fact that Ukraine may put in front of plans under the decision of the court,” said Miller in an interview to “RIA Novosti”.

The head of “Gazprom” noted that the decision of the Kiev court of Ukraine gives a right to recover fines, however, in addition to gas pumped through Ukrainian pipelines to Europe, Gazprom has in Ukraine to recover nothing.

“If to put the question exactly that, apparently, we are talking about weaning simply that gas intended for European consumers”, — said Miller, noting that the decision on the punishment of “Gazprom” for “abuse” of a monopoly position in the market of transit of natural gas raises a lot of questions, as “Gazprom” any activities on the territory of Ukraine does not.

“Gazprom” does not transit through the territory of Ukraine, we pay “Naftogaz of Ukraine” gas at the border, then delivering the gas to our Ukrainian colleagues, so what can be monopolistic claims, it is not clear,” said Miller.

In turn, the head of Ministry of Ukraine Igor Nasalik told reporters that the Prime Minister of Ukraine Vladimir Groisman promised that Ukraine will not take away the Russian gas, going transit to Europe.

“It was in front of me. The Prime Minister said that I can’t change the decision of the Antimonopoly Committee, but I can firmly say that it will not affect gas transit to European consumers”, — said Nasalik journalists (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).

5 Dec 2016 the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine announced that the Economic court of Kiev in full satisfied the claim of Department on compulsory collecting with “Gazprom” a fine of nearly 86 billion hryvnias ($3.3 billion), and the size of penalties.

Later, the Minister of energy of Russia Alexander Novak warned that accumulated by the beginning of cold weather in the Ukrainian storages (UGS) of gas is insufficient for reliable passage of the autumn-winter period.

“This year, colder in winter, the selection of gas from underground storage facilities of Ukraine began 14 days earlier than usual. This means that residues in underground storage facilities fall faster. If there are low temperatures in January or February, will require more gas to Ukrainian consumers, industrial consumers, housing and communal services, gas, which will rise from the reservoirs, will not be enough,” said Novak.

In mid-November of 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the rising threat of “unauthorized sampling by the Ukrainian side” part of the supply to Europe of Russian gas. A month later, the two leaders again discussed the situation in the gas sector, Putin again expressed concern over the threat to gas transit to Europe due to the fact that “the Ukrainian side refuses negotiation of agreements on gas purchases from Russia.”