The signing of a tripartite Protocol on gas between Russia, Ukraine and the EC is the only method of passing the upcoming winter without risks, said energy Minister Alexander Novak.
yesterday, held in Vienna dialogues Novak and Vice-President of the European Commission Maro? ?ef?ovi?. They discussed preparations for the autumn-winter period. Happened to come to a common opinion about the main principles of the tripartite Protocol. For example, the EC ensured that in the near future of European financial institutions will provide Ukraine with five hundred million dollars to fix its UGS 2 billion cubic meters of gas. These funds will be directly transferred to " Gazprom ", which this gas, and will be bought.
Now the parties need to agree on These consensus with the Ukraine, which until not commented on the situation. It is expected that before the end of September will be held a trilateral meeting.
"we have no other options, if not signed the Protocol and will not be allocated funds for the purchase of gas by Ukraine, we will be a big problem, While European customers in the winter there will be a great risk for the passing of winter. Because the amount of gas that we have today in UGS of Ukraine (14, 7 billion cubic meters), it is absolutely insufficient. Either need to be cut specifically Ukrainian clients in the winter, Or Ukraine will take away the gas intended for European customers, "said Novak in interview to television channel" Russia 24 ".
"for this reason, in our opinion today are required to use All sources for gas injection, as well As among them, and it's own production. And today Ukraine produces about 50 million cubic meters of gas per day. You should also provide the maximum volumes of gas from Russia to 115 million cubic meters per day. Well, and if need be, to buy gas on the reverse. All These sources are required to supply the required volume, " he said.
Speaking of gas, which Ukraine buys on the reverse, Novak said: "in Gaza, two-thirds of the molecules of gas from Russia, which Gazprom sells to European companies. Since These organizations have the opportunity to buy gas more than They consume, They resell it. We talk about what we the reverse is not interesting, probably makes no sense, Because we sell more gas to European companies ".