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Gazprom demands Naftogaz to pay $ 1.3 billion for Russian gas supply to occupied Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Uncertainty in this situation can have consequences after the decision of the Stockholm arbitration
15:20, 20 December 2017

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Gazprom demands Naftogaz to pay for the supply of Russian gas to the occupied territories of Donbas. The amount of claims is 1.3 billion dollars. This was stated by the commercial director of Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko at a press conference, the correspondent of 112.ua reports.

According to Vitrenko, the uncertainty in this issue may have consequences after the decisions of the Stockholm arbitration, which may appear on December 30 and February 28.

"The volumes of supplies to the Donbas occupied territories are not defined. And in our contract (with Gazprom) it is written that any payments from our part are primarily counted into debts. And only after that they are considered to be payment for the volumes of gas that they should supply us. That is, if we now had to pay Gazprom, by any decision, even the Stockholm Arbitration, in a situation where the volumes of Russian gas supplies to the Donbas are not determined, payments can be counted as repayment of the debt,” Vitrenko said.

Related: Cabinet says Ukraine will not purchase Russian gas from in current format

As it was reported earlier, Ukraine has not been buying gas from Russia for a long time. At the same time, blue fuel to the occupied Donbas comes from the Russian Federation.  

Earlier, Poland urges other countries of the European Union to refuse from the supply of natural gas from Russia

As it was reported earlier, Poland stopped taking Russian gas due to its poor quality.

According to the Polish media, natural gas contains too much water, and the pipeline operator does not have the equipment to remove it. Currently, Poland depends on Russia for about 40% in gas consumption, one third of the gas comes from domestic sources and 20% from Central Asia.

Related: Ukraine should become energy hub for supply of Russian gas to Europe, - Sefcovic

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