“We provided gas transit to EU countries in the full extent. Russians hoped, that Ukraine would start gas transit removal. Don’t count on it! Ukraine is a reliable supplier, reliable state and reliable partner,” the President said.
He also noted, that Kyiv informed all of its European partners about the current situation, about Gazprom’s refusal to implement the decision of the Stockholm Arbitration. This is why the partners were prepared and informed not to take the bait.
Naftogaz-Ukraine showed the President that Russian inlet pressure on Natural gas transmission system of Ukraine is lower than agreed by the contract. The outlet pressure from Ukrainian gas transmission system to EU is a bit higher than needed.
Naftogaz press-office reported that 257 million cubic meters were transited to EU countries and Moldova since March 1. On March 3 they received 264 million cubic meters of gas (as to recent reports).
As it was 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.
The refusal of Gazprom to supply gas to Naftogaz of Ukraine in accordance with the prepaid payment deprives the Russian company of the right to take or pay measure in 2018.
As reported earlier, on March 1 Gazprom reported that Naftogaz-Ukraine has made an advance payment for the resumption of Russian gas supplies from March. At the same time, Gazprom refunded the money, stating that this was due to the lack of an agreed addendum to the current contract. Naftogaz called Gazprom's refusal to supply gas a violation of the agreement and failure to comply with the arbitration decision.
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.