session of the Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday, June 3, the Prime Minister of Ukraine
Arseniy Yatsenyuk informed Russia abandoned its plans to cut off gas supplies
to Ukraine and an item of the so-called prepayment for the Russian gas has been
withdrawn for now.
The Head of Government
reminded that a month ago the Ukrainian party had sent a prearbitral
note to the Russian-based Gazprom: “We have appealed
to Russia, based on the gas deal signed in 2009, to settle all the problems of our
bilateral relations. Primarily, this is price issue [for gas]. They are issues
of supply volumes, the so-called “take or pay” principle and regarding the
procedure of settlement of disputes between our companies”.
“It is most
unfortunate Russia behaved as usual, i.e. it uses energy as a gas weapon. At
that period it denied any negotiations and signing a complementary agreement
between Russia’s Gazprom and Naftogaz
Ukrainy,” he said.
According to Arseniy
Yatsenyuk, Ukraine stated clearly under such conditions it would appeal to
Stockholm Arbitration Court, so “on Friday a lawsuit was prepared in which
Ukraine demands from Russia to fix, in the first place, a fair price and also
certain compensations from the Russian Gazprom”.
reminded that in the first quarter of the current year the Russian Federation
had set a price of USD 268 for natural gas for Ukraine: “We consider this price
a market one, it is the only acceptable price that can
satisfy Ukraine and also preserve rather high profitability for the Russian Gazprom”.
The Head of Government
informed the European partners suggested to launch tripartite negotiations in
the format “the European Commission headed by the Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger, Ukrainian
JNSC Naftogaz Ukrainy in
synergy with the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, and Russian Gazprom
yesterday the negotiation process between Naftogaz
and Gazprom actually commenced. Has this negotiation
process been finished yet? It is far from end. I take with restraint any
prospects of negotiations between Gazprom and Naftogaz. But we should pass this way,” he emphasized.
According to the PM,
the talks should result into signing a complementary agreement the draft of
which had been handed over by the Ukrainian Naftogaz
on Sunday evening.
Yatsenyuk informed now in Berlin Head of Board of NJSC Naftogaz
Ukrainy Andrii Kobolev and Head of Board of Gazprom
Alexey Miller were engaged in talks: “We are waiting
for completion of the negotiations with the Russian Gazprom
in the current week”.
The PM stressed the
Government had readied a plan in case Russia cut of gas supplies: “We are
truthful that halt of gas flows from Russia are not excluded from the agenda.
It is absolutely understandable that the Russian Federation will be at war with
Ukraine by all means it can, including gas weapon”.
“We have used every
available instrument,” he noted.
stressed in case the agreement with Gazprom is signed
he would report the Parliament concerning parameters of the deal: “If it fails
to be signed, we shall file a lawsuit against Gazprom
in Stockholm. The procedure will last neither a month, nor even a year. But we
can’t see another way out”.