The draft tripartite Protocol on gas supplies from Russia to Ukraine provides for the volumes of gas in Ukrainian underground gas storages (UGS) in early winter in a volume of Over 19 billion cubic meters, said the Minister of energy of Russia Alexander Novak.
"Agreed volumes of gas that must be pumped into underground storage facilities by the beginning of the heating season. The story is about the volume of Over 19 billion cubic meters. In addition, we agreed about the fact that the Protocol will reflect the provision of financial assistance by the European Commission for the purchase of gas by Ukraine in the absence of such funds, "the Minister said, RIA" Novosti ".
currently the European Commission brings together with Russian and Ukrainian sides of the Draft Protocol, prepared after different meetings at the expert level, said before Wednesday authorized by the EC. The purpose of this Protocol is to detect the output, which will cover the entire winter season 2015-2016. The document is planned to be signed at the trilateral Ministerial meeting on gas, which, As stated by Novak, will, most likely, after June 20. As reported by Novak, the obligations of the Ukrainian side for the purchase and injection of gas into storage under the ground and the allocation of the EU bailout for these purposes are required to enter into a new package of gas agreements that can be signed on the results of the upcoming meeting of the Russia-Ukraine-European Commission. Remember, may 23, Kiev appealed to Russian authorities with a request to extend a discount on gas. A trilateral dialogue at the technical level between representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission on gas issues will be held in Brussels on 2 June. 28 may, it was announced that Gazprom puts Naftogaz penalty for the gas shortage in 2014, 8, 2 billion. In the end the total amount of Ukraine's debt to Russia for gas, together with penalties for failure to comply with contractual rules "take or pay" has increased to 29, 477 billion.