“Naftogaz” has threatened “to Gazprom” the rise in price of transit of gas through Ukraine

MOSCOW, Nov 19 – RIA Novosti/Prime. “Naftogaz” estimated that the annual Board of “Gazprom” for gas transit through Ukraine could increase by $ 4 billion if the Stockholm arbitration court decides in favor of the Ukrainian company, said commercial Director of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Yuriy Vitrenko.

“The problem is that “Gazprom” (in the case of the corresponding decision of the Stockholm arbitration – ed.) will have to pay us tens of billions of dollars of compensation to sell gas at a much lower price, each year to pay for $ 4 billion more for transit and not to obstruct our integration in the European market,” wrote Vitrenko in your Facebook.

Ukraine since the beginning of the year unilaterally increased the transit rate for Gazprom more than 1.5 times — up to 4.5 dollars for transportation of thousand cubic meters of gas per 100 kilometers. In August, the Russian company reported that its costs for the transit of hydrocarbons over the first quarter increased 33% compared to the same period in 2015 to 165,91 billion rubles (about 2,55 billion dollars at current exchange rates).

Vitrenko added that the requirements of “Naftogaz” to “Gazprom” not only affect tariffs for transit, but also the transfer of the transit contract with “Naftogaz” on a dedicated operator gastransport system, as well as providing Russian data to the design of acceptance-transmission of gas. According to him, the latter is necessary for the elimination of control “Gazprom” over the connection between GTS and Ukrainian gas transmission systems of Slovakia, Romania, Poland and Hungary, including the organization of the virtual reverse.

The representative of the Ukrainian company noted that the decision of the Stockholm arbitration court will be a test for the EU in terms of commitment to legal norms and European values. “I believe that, despite all the difficulties, this test will be worthy of Europe”, he concluded.

“Gazprom” and “Naftogaz of Ukraine” the legal proceedings in the Stockholm arbitration court in June 2014. The subject of lawsuits are contracts for the supply of gas from Russia to Ukraine and gas transit through Ukraine from 2009. Hearings on the contract for the transit starts on November 21 and a decision is expected before June 2017, said Vitrenko.

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