The government will extend to the second quarter of – before July 1, – a discount on gas for Ukraine, provided at the expense of export duties, the proper decision at the meeting with Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev supported the head of Vladimir Putin.
"We adopted an appeal Gazprom, based on the statement of the Ukrainian partners, the essence of which is to extend concessional package for the next quarter, until July 1 - 3 months ", - Medvedev said, RIA " Novosti." We believe that currently, the Ukrainian economy is in a very difficult position, and, although, of course, such solutions assume, has the ability to be, not the most favourable consequences for our budget, I mean failure on the part of export duties, but in these circumstances We believe it is possible circulation of Gazprom, well, and thus, the Ukrainian side to Express their support, " continued the head of the government.
"With the understanding that all of the basic rules of the existing contract that binds our company "Gazprom" and "Naftogaz of Ukraine" - they will be strictly observed, including the return of those debts, which are now accumulated, " added the Prime Minister." Let's do that, " replied the head. According to Putin, the conclusion about the possibility of following discounts for Ukraine on gas for the third quarter, will be discussed after 3 months taking into account the prices of petroleum products." Today's rules will be in force for 3 months, and realizing that the ultimate cost of gas for our customers abroad nevertheless linked to the price of oil and the cost on the world oil markets are very volatile, and therefore we will need 3 months to see what happens in this area, and then to take further decision, " Putin said. First on Tuesday, a source close to the negotiations, reported that Moscow, despite the extension of the action of the winter package, insists on returning to the take-or-pay (take-or-pay ) on gas supplies from Russia to Ukraine. It was noted that the discount on gas for the second quarter, which Russia can provide for Ukraine, stipulated by the contract. Remember, Naftogaz on the first day of the week said that she sent to Gazprom letter with the initiative to take measures to extend the "winter gas" package, which expires on March 31, before the end of the next autumn-winter period. The proposal of the European Commission. The President's press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that in the Russian capital to discuss the proposal of "Naftogaz of Ukraine" about the renewal of the " winter package ". For his part, the head of Gazprom Alexei Miller said that in the case of providing discounts for Ukraine, the cost of gas for 3 months can make 250 dollars for 1 thousand Cubic meters. 20 March in Brussels was held dialogues on gas between Russia, the EU and Ukraine. Novak on the results of the negotiations said that the discount on gas for Ukraine in "summer package" may be $ 100, or 30% if the cost will be below $ 330. While Kiev expects gas prices in the summer of supplies in the amount of $ 250 per thousand cubic meters. At the same time, Novak said that the regime of "take or pay" for Ukraine will resume on April 1, because Naftogaz and Gazprom consider this issue in the arbitration.