The European Commission hopes that the Protocol on gas supplies to Ukraine coming winter would be agreed on the last working day of the week, said correspondents a press-the Secretary of the EC, Anna-Kaisa Itkonen.
"winter Protocol discusses its duration, the price formula, gas volume and financing needs of Ukraine. This, I dream, will be agreed today during the 2nd part of the day, " she said.
Prime Minister of Russia Medvedev D. A. signed before the decision on the gas price for Ukraine in the fourth quarter - on the price level for the neighboring with Ukraine EU countries. The head of the Russian Ministry of energy Alexander Novak have said before, that the government has already prepared a draft resolution on granting Ukraine discounts on gas from Russia in the fourth quarter - about $ 20 per thousand cubic meters.
Novak on the last working day of the week will participate in a trilateral meeting of Russia, Ukraine and the EC on winter gas package, which ideally is obliged to become the signing of the Protocol on gas supplies from Russia in Ukraine's upcoming heating season. Winter in Kiev hopes to receive a package from Russia, according in Ukraine, market gas price, which will be lower than in Europe and has stated a desire to receive no more than the price of 230 dollars for one thousand cubic meters.
The contract price of Russian gas for Ukraine in the fourth quarter is 252 dollars per thousand cubic meters discount, which the Government provides at the expense of export duties, can reduce the price of "blue fuel" to Kiev, presumably to 230 dollars. In the 3rd quarter, Naftogaz does not purchase gas from Russia - he was not satisfied with the price, which with the discount 40 $ 247, 17 dollars per thousand cubic meters.