“If you analyse the period, when the
Government began to actively engage in savings of natural gas and the
establishment of limits, this is actually from April, the real savings amount
over 20%,” he explained.
“This is not enough to easily pass
the winter. The steps now being taken by the Government to economize on the
consumption of natural gas and to diversify energy sources are crucial to get
through the heating season,” the PM stressed.
According to the Prime Minister, a
position of the Cabinet of Ministers concerning the gas issue remains
unchanged. He reminded that Ukraine had filed several lawsuits in the Stockholm
Arbitration Court. “The first is the core lawsuit against the Russian company
Gazprom, where we demand compensation of USD 6
billion and the establishment of a fair price, I underline it, a competitive
price. We don’t need any discounts”.
He continued that presently Ukraine
purchases gas from European partners and pays a market price, “that is much
lower than the price Russia offered us a year ago”, “We have saved about USD
0.5 billion on purchasing gas from our European partners”.
The Ukrainian side also addressed the
court with a request to expedite an interim decision “that would ensure, on
the one hand, the establishment of a price, and on the other hand, the deliveries
of natural gas”.
There exists another way which is to
clinch a deal before the final decision is issued by Stockholm Arbitration
Court, “We share a common position with our European partners concerning the
basic principles on which the interim agreement on natural gas supplies should
be clinched until March 31”.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk added Naftogaz of
Ukraine had filed a third lawsuit against the Russian Gazprom
to reconsider the transit contract, “The Government has introduced a special
European-like and market-based procedure to establish the tariff for
transportation of natural gas”.
He accentuated that Ukraine
guarantees flawless deliveries, however, “in order to
guarantee uninterrupted deliveries of natural gas to our European partners,
we need to sign an agreement with European companies only. And we are poised
to do it”.
The PM reminded a number of decisions
called to upgrade energy sector had been adopted, “Ukrainian energy sector complies
with the third energy package, in which we have divided the transportation,
storages and trade in natural gas, we believe that based on these principles
we should design our transit scheme”.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk promised the
Government would announce a public competition to draw investors from Europe
and the U.S.A. to jointly reform and exploit the Ukrainian GTS, “Now we started
receiving certain propositions from our European partners. After we compile
them, Ukraine and the Government will announce a public competition to
attract investors from Europe and America to jointly upgrade and exploit the