Gazprom said Naftogaz on charges of blackmailing

The representative of “Gazprom export” (100% belongs to Gazprom) on Thursday called the cause of the reduction of gas supplies from Russia through Ukraine to Europe, reports “RIA Novosti”. According to the company, this happened due to weather conditions and lower customer.

“It should be noted that due to planned renovations in other areas, starting with the next weeks supply at Ukrainian gas transport corridor will increase,” he said.

On Wednesday the head of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Andrey Kobelev called the reduction of Russian gas transit “banal blackmail” of Ukraine and Europe. “The transit volumes have fallen even more, they are now a record low. We associate with the pressure that the Russian Federation to Ukraine, “Naftogaz of Ukraine” with the aim, firstly, to minimize the income from this business, and secondly, I think that’s part of the tactics of promoting Nord stream-2″, — KOBOLEV declared.

If during the year the technical application of transit averaged about 200 million cubic meters per day, “now they have fallen sharply without the explanations of the Russian side to 130-140 million cubic meters”, said the head of “Ukrtransgaz” Igor Prokopiv at a press conference on Thursday.

“The Russians are technically substantiate the repairs on their networks. The second possible cause is the over-saturation of European market of gas. I don’t think that the Russians deliberately do not fulfill the users claim that they have done in 2014-2015 and suffered heavy penalties,” said Prokopiv (quoted by “Interfax-Ukraine”).

In mid-July, the head of “Naftogaz” reported that the company is ready to resume trilateral talks with the European Commission and Gazprom on Russian gas supplies. Prior to this, the representative of “Naftogaz” Yuriy Vitrenko said that Kiev to resume gas purchases from Russia insists on signing of binding documents that would formally protect “Naftogaz” from the risks.

Ukraine had stopped buying Russian gas in November 2015, stating that the import of gas from Europe at a cost cheaper than buying directly from Gazprom. In June, Naftogaz has asked Gazprom to sign additional agreement to the contract, but stressed that will buy gas from “Gazprom” only if he offers a price lower than European suppliers. To buy gas at a price of $177 per 1 thousand cubic meters, head of the energy Ministry of Russia Alexander Novak called the the “comfortable”, “Naftogaz Ukraine” have refused. Later, the head of “Gazprom” Alexei Miller said that the holding company is offering Ukraine a price of $167,57 per 1 thousand cubic meters of gas in the third quarter (second quarter price was $177). It is “somewhat lower than the price for European suppliers,” admitted the head of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” in early July.