Kiev plans to buy gas from Russia's Gazprom before the end of the year and in case of adequate prices will continue buying in the 1st quarter of the coming year, said the head of the Ukrainian Naftogaz Andrey Kobelev.
He also said that Ukraine until the end of the year does not plan to inject gas into storage under the ground, reports RIA " Novosti ".
"The supply of gas, which is currently in our underground storage facilities, We deem it necessary to pass this winter. We will be able to do with this stock, plus incomplete imports, with both Russian and European sides. At the moment, time savings amount to more than 17 billion cubic meters of gas, " - said Kobolyev. Before Tuesday, the head of the Ministry of energy of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn said that Gazprom set the price for gas from Russia allows Kiev to buy natural gas in the volumes required, and gives the opportunity to count on the planned passage of the heating season. Along with this, the first day of the week the head of Board of Gazprom Alexey Miller said that the funds transferred by the Ukrainian Naftogaz as a prepayment for gas from Russia will only last for five days. On 27 October the head of the Ministry of energy of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn has acknowledged that his country till the end of the year will not be able to accumulate in underground storages need for the winter season to 19 billion cubic meters of blue fuel. Along with this, Ukraine began massive deforestation for firewood, as well as among them protected. Trees are felled even in the region of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. In Kiev, now about 165 homes still remain without heat. On 12 October gas supplies from Russia to Ukraine were resumed after a three-month break. At the same time, Gazprom said that Naftogaz transferred $ 234 million pre-payment of the promised five hundred million dollars. A source close to the EU leadership, said that in winter Ukraine will need to purchase gas from Russia, because technically all the needs of the country in blue fuel does not have the ability to be covered by the supply of the reverse from EU countries. According to head of Gazprom Alexey Miller that to a "very cold winter" Ukraine may need to buy 5 to 7 billion cubic meters of gas.