Gas supply and transit must never be a political weapon. We expect #Gazprom to supply gas to #Ukraine's transit pipeline per Stockholm Arbitration decision. #Russia should prove it is a reliable gas supplier.— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) 2 марта 2018 г.
According to her, Russia has to prove that it is a reliable gas supplier.
As we reported earlier, after the ruling of the Stockholm Arbitration, Russia's Gazprom announced its intention to terminate gas contracts with Naftogaz Ukraine.
The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce has granted the lawsuit of Naftogaz as to compensation for the volumes of transit gas that had not been delivered by Gazprom.
According to the decision of the court, Naftogaz got a $4,63 billion compensation for the transit gas that had been agreed on, but not delivered by Gazprom. As a result of two arbitrations in Stockholm, Gazprom is to pay Naftogaz $2,56 billion. The court dismissed the demands of Gazprom that stated that the money hadn’t been paid as it was considered the fines for what they called unlawfully seized by Naftogaz volumes of the transit gas.
Yet, Gazprom does not agree with the Arbitration’s decision to pay compensation.
As 112.international reported earlier, Gazprom said that Naftogaz Ukrainy had made an advance payment for the resumption of Russian gas supplies from March. At the same time, Gazprom returned the money, saying that this was due to the absence of an agreed supplementary agreement to the current contract.
Later, on March 2 Naftogaz-Ukraine called on Ukrainians to lower the temperature in offices and households by 1-2 degrees in order to reduce the overall gas consumption.
Volodymyr Groysman, the Prime Minister, hopes that the situation will normalize on March 6.