In December, the Russian government will make its decision on giving Ukraine the discount on purchasing gas for the first quarter of 2016. But it would be possible only if Ukraine's national oil and gas company "Naftogaz" applies with an official request, stated Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, RIA Novosti.
"It will be considered only in December," noted Novak about the possible price of Russian gas for Ukraine in the first quarter. When asked about the volume of the discount, Minister of Energy replied that it would depend on the price.
Novak said that the discount will not be automatically provided by the Russian authorities, They are waiting for obtaining the appropriate formal appeal of Ukraine's "Naftogaz" to Russian "Gazprom".
As was reported before, the issues of the winter gas package was agreed by Moscow and Kyiv with the participation of the European Commission. Russia is expected to provide discounts to contract prices of gas for Ukraine in order to make it equal with prices in neighboring EU countries. The mechanism is reducing the duty by approving resolution of the Russian government.