Russia still believes that Ukraine ought to mid-October to upload to store underground 19-20 billion cubic meters of gas, said Minister of energy Alexander Novak.
"in our joint opinion with the European Commission, Ukraine ought to fifteen October to upload up to 19-20 billion cubic meters of gas in underground gas storages. Currently, this figure is eleven. 5 billion cubic meters, " - said Novak at the meeting the President of the Russian Federation with members of the government.
The Russian side many times before voiced figure of 19 billion cubic meters. Review of the Russian Federation, this volume of gas Ukraine ought to accumulate in the reservoirs for stable transit of Russian gas next winter.
The Ukrainian side had previously confirmed that it plans to upload to store such volume of gas. However, at the beginning of this week the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of energy Vladimir Demchyshyn said that Ukraine considers necessary for the heating season to accumulate capacity of 16 billion cubic meters of gas, as in the past year. In order to accumulate more, Ukraine, According to Demchishin, requires the assistance of the European Commission in raising at least $ 1 billion.
Novak also said that the Russian Federation still has not received from Ukraine's request for discounts on gas.
"The Russian Federation is considering the possibility of quarterly provide discounts on the price of natural gas provided between the "Naftogaza" and " Gazprom ". But most importantly, on request of the Ukrainian side. I wish to inform you that as long as the Ukrainian side did not send us the proper queries. For this reason, today we are in the position that ends the quarter, and we expect the Ukrainian colleagues of this appeal, " said the Minister.