"Naftogaz welcomes the recognition by the Russian side of the need to comply with arbitration decisions 2017-2018 and its intention to continue transporting gas to the EU through Ukraine," the statement said.
The parties continue negotiations on the terms of further cooperation after the completion of the current contract on January 1, 2020.
Gazprom's payment of three billion dollars in compensation to Naftogaz adjudged by Stockholm Arbitrage within gas agreement between Ukraine and Russia is "a drop in the sea" compared to other possible claims against Russia. The statement was made by Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak in an interview with Russia 24.
"Neither Ukraine nor us can predict who is the winner here ... The 2,9 billion dollars that we will pay to enforce a judgment that has already come into force is a drop in the sea compared to those potential claims against Russia," Kozak said.
Deputy PM also stated that the amount of these claims against Russia could be much higher.