The Russian Federation and the European Commission on the last working day of the week in Vienna negotiations agreed on a winter package of gas supplies to Ukraine, which predusmatrivaet discount on two block from the Russian Federation and ensuring the payment of pumping gas into Ukrainian underground storage facilities from the EC, told reporters the head of the energy Ministry of Russia Alexander Novak.
"Right Now we have completed bilateral meetings. In my opinion, they were held in a businesslike and constructive. A detailed examination of the whole range of issues concerning cooperation between Russia and the European Union. The key issue, of course, was the discussion regarding reliable the autumn-winter period, which occurs in the near future, reliable gas transit to European consumers ", - said Novak.
"turned out, in our opinion, to reach consensus on the so-called winter package for the period 1 October to 31 March, the conditions of interaction, on the necessary volume of gas in underground gas storages of Ukraine, about the procurement of gas for current consumption Is the obligations on their own shoulders should take the Ukrainian side. On the volume of payment that will be required, and the fact that the European Commission will take on their own shoulders obligations to organizations that work to maintain the payment for the purchase of gas by the Ukrainian partners, " - said the Minister.
according to his statement, with its own part, Russia is ready " to provide a discount on gas for the fourth quarter and 1st quarter of next year, i.e. in winter, in order that, in principle, as in previous periods, the establishment of prices at the level of neighboring countries with Ukraine, such as Poland ".
"We have reached agreements that currently we would have to discuss with the Ukrainian side to continue work already in the trilateral format in the near future, with very little time left for gas injection into underground gas storage facilities. The season autumn-winter begins in mid-October, just a month, the Ukrainian side has received the required financial resources and ensured the purchase gas in the volume, " added Novak.
"The question of payment is the Key to guarantee uninterrupted transit through the territory of Ukraine in the autumn-winter period. Currently under the Protocol the story is about the fact that Ukraine will receive funding of five hundred million dollars. This will give you the opportunity to download Ukraine about 2 billion cubic meters of gas later, "- said the head of "Gazprom" Alexey Miller.