DNR authorities report that in a position to pay for the gas, while Kiev is obliged to perform the payment obligations, if it considers the Donbass its territory, said on Thursday the Plenipotentiary representative of the DND in the contact group Denis Putilin.
"Ukraine continues to say that the region is its area, in this case, it is obliged to perform the payment obligations (for gas), if not, then Kiev, so, recognizes that DNR is an independent Republic. According to the Minsk agreements clearly indicate that economic issues must be resolved within groups, but their regulation is not Scheduled to present, " - said Pushilin.
He also said that the DNR is able to pay for the consumed gas, because businesses are opened, the taxes are paid.
The head of "Gazprom" Alexey Miller had previously stated that the amount of the debt of "Naftogaz" on the supply to the South-East of Ukraine on April 21, reached 174, $ 2 million, while Naftogaz refuses to acknowledge and pay." Gazprom "considers that this question must be the subject of special negotiations and made the initiative to "Naftogaz" to take steps to to sign a separate direct contract "Gazprom" on the production and delivery of gas to the South-East of Ukraine.
Minister of energy of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn said that Kyiv is not negotiating with Gazprom on payment of gas supplies to South-East of Ukraine. Official Kiev this assures that continues independent gas supplies to South-East of Ukraine. In April, the country's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that the Ukrainian government has spent $ 1 billion on gas supply and electricity in the Donbass, they are not paid.