"We have started
receiving natural gas under the contract between the Naftogaz of Ukraine and
one of the world's largest energy operators, the Norwegian company
Statoil," said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a Government
meeting on Wednesday, October 8.
The Head of
Government has noted that deliveries began at 6 a.m. on October 1.
He emphasized the
situation in energy area is complicated, however, it
is overseen by the Government. He reminded 16.7 billion cubic meters of gas has
been accumulated in Ukraine’s gas storages.
stressed that in order to pass the winter, Ukraine needs to purchase about 5
billion cubic meters of gas additionally. According to him, there are two
solutions to this problem. The first one is a temporary agreement, "We in synergy
with the European Union pursue a common energy policy in order to sign a
provisional agreement for the shipment of natural gas
until the Stockholm arbitration court finally solves the dispute between Naftogaz
option is unless such agreement is reached within the tripartite framework, in
which the EU and Ukraine share a common position and the third party is the
Russian Federation, Ukraine has filed the suit so that the court could issue a
temporary solution to set the relevant price and terms of delivery of such
natural gas, until a final decision of the Stockholm court is obtained", explained
“Naftogaz Ukrayiny is
in permanent contact with our European partners. We have clearly expressed our position of how we see the conditions of signing of the provisional agreement. And we expect further
negotiations and decision in this issue,"
said the Head of Government.