On the tripartite gas negotiations in the format of Russia-Ukraine-EU planned for 30 June, Kiev will try to come to a common opinion about the abandonment of the principle of "take or pay" In the procurement of natural gas, said the Minister of energy and coal industry of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn.
Ukraine will come out with the initiative that the agreement provided for the lack of take-or-pay "to transfer gas between the parties was carried out in the agreed points and to pay for transit was" real money ", reports the news Agency. In the negotiations Kiev hopes to achieve consensus on the delivery of Russian natural gas to a new heating season. We emphasize, However, that the Russian Federation has concluded winter package with Kiev, giving him a discount and at the time of vacating the rule of "take or pay" (no obligation to purchase data). In the spring of Kiev began to openly threaten the European Union. If Brussels does not want to have problems with gas in the winter, He must divide the expenses of Kiev on filling in Ukrainian underground storage facilities, said in March the head of the Ministry of energy of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn. All this contributed to the fact that Brussels is finally realized the trap into which He fell because of the flow of gas transit through Ukrainian territory. The price of gas for Ukraine without discount in the 3rd quarter 287, fifteen dollars per thousand cubic meters, the fourth - 262, 5 dollar, noted in Gazprom. Such a low value is, by itself, is not the achievement of the Ukrainian leadership, but only the consequences of the era of cheap oil.
While Kiev in the end, hoping for a discount, based on the principle of " value according to the formula minus 30% ". He expects the price of gas from Russia in the 3rd and fourth quarters at the level of 200 to 207 USD per thousand cubic meters. However, the Russian side noted that even If the decision is taken to offer, then it will not necessarily be the highest at 30%, has the ability to be less. Most likely, Russia will give a discount only in the case of guarantees to buy serious amounts of gas from Russia: the higher the volume, the bigger the discount. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a meeting with members of the government said that the final price of gas for Ukraine should be at the level of the neighbouring countries, for example Poland." We cannot offer to the same extent as before, " - said the Russian President. According to his statement, this situation is due to the 1st turn with the change of the world prices for fuel. We add that the project of the tripartite Protocol on Russian gas supplies 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. 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.