Kiev called the condition of resuming gas purchases from Russia

For the resumption of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” purchases “Gazprom” the Russian gas price should be lower than the price that Kiev has to offer with the European directions, said the head of the state company “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Andrey Kobelev on air “5 channel” on Monday.

He added that “Naftogaz” carries on negotiations with Russian “Gazprom” about conditions of purchase of gas in the third quarter of this year.

“The dialogue is now conducted on this occasion. He’s in the process. “Naftogaz” plans to resume gas imports in the third quarter, we still have a month”, stated KOBOLEV (quoted by “Interfax-Ukraine”).

He stressed that the resumption of gas purchases from Russia will be the right decision from the point of view of minimization of consumer spending and common sense”, if “Gazprom” will agree “to make temporary changes to an existing contract.”

At the end of March, “Naftogaz of Ukraine” announced that it plans to buy Russian gas during the second quarter of 2016. “Naftogaz” explained that the gas price proposed by Gazprom, “exceeds the proposals of the European suppliers.”

In June the Prime Minister of Ukraine Victor Groisman did not rule out the resumption of purchases of gas from “Gazprom”. He stressed that the Ukrainian authorities will take “a political decision”, if from Russian oil and gas companies will do best offer. Groisman also said that Ukraine could be used for the purchase of Russian gas obtained from the world Bank loan of $500 million.