Ukraine appealed to the Ministry of energy of the Russian Federation and "Gazprom" with the request to issue an advance payment for gas transit, said Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak.
"This information appeared in the media, but it is not confirmed. In reality, the Ukrainian side agreed that such application was not. The Ministry of energy of Russia too has not received official complaints on the matter." Gazprom ", According to my information, also did not receive such information, " said Novak in the interview to a TV channel.
first information about the advance payment for gas transit was published in mass-media referring to sources familiar with the negotiations of the heads of corporations. According to these reports, "Naftogaz of Ukraine" has asked Gazprom to issue an advance, so in the end, Ukraine was able to pay for the purchase of gas in its storage facilities underground. In late summer, "Naftogaz" has denied these data.
After another unsuccessful tripartite gas talks on 30 June Ukraine has suspended the purchase of gas from Russia to agree on the terms of delivery and currently receives gas only in reverse from Europe. At the same time Ukraine is actively seeking funds for the purchase of gas for injection into underground storage facilities for the coming winter.