From April 1, Russia will supply gas to Ukraine on the principle of " take or pay ", said to reporters, the Minister of energy Alexander Novak.
"Take or pay provided by the current contract Since 2009, for this reason, Since the first of April in Accordance With the contract He continues to act," said Novak correspondents.
"This mechanism (take or pay) is challenged by the Ukrainian side (in the Stockholm arbitration), "Gazprom" in the framework of the "winter package" gave Some sort of discount, roughly speaking, was agreed to postpone the operation of this mechanism, as the parties in the court and withdraw their claims, there is no need to cancel This mechanism). This is purely a commercial issue, and It will be discussed in court, " said Novak.
He noticed that the mechanism of "take or pay" will not affect the control system of gas supplies prepaid." That is how the Ukrainian side, Naftogaz will pay, so be it, " the Minister added.
He also said that granting Ukraine a discount on gas at $ 100 does not need additional documentation." in reality, From a technical point of view, no additional documents are not required to sign, if we talk only about some kind of political agreement, the Protocol, which may signed. Needless to say, This can be, for that reason, will discuss, " said the Minister.
explaining the possible start of negotiations on payment of gas supplies by Gazprom in the Donbass, Novak said that the matter is discussed between Gazprom and Naftogaz." I have already stated, our position, because It is under the current contract, for this reason, Gazprom decides on a commercial level, " concluded the Minister.