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PM on gas talks: We must be prepared for the worst-case scenario
21.10.2014 | 16:00
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

The Government of Ukraine has reserved a total of $3.1 billion to pay for delivered gas as well as for new supplies in case of signing an interim agreement on gas supplies, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk said to reporters on Tuesday, October 21, at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Yavoriv that the Prime Minister visited in the framework of a working visit to Lviv.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk has informed that on October 20 a government delegation left for Brussels for gas talks: "We agreed on the final position of the European Union and Ukraine on gas talks."

The Prime Minister has reminded that the first way to solve the problem of gas supply is an interim judgment by the Stockholm arbitration court, which will set the price as well as terms of gas supply. The final version of a ruling, according to him, may appear in November.

The second way, Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined, is to sign an interim agreement, "We are ready to sign - I stress an interim agreement. The final decision on both price and terms of gas supply shall be taken by the court."

The Prime Minister noted that in case of signing an interim agreement, the Government had already reserved $3.1 billion to pay for delivered gas as well as for new supplies.

However, Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted that, in his opinion: "Putin does not want to sign any agreement and Putin’s task is to get Ukrainians frozen": "We must be prepared for the worst-case scenario."

He has recalled that Ukrainian storage facilities have gained 17 billion cubic meters of gas, "If the European Union additionally opens reverse gas flows to Ukraine, it will be much easier for us to survive this winter."

Arseniy Yatsenyuk has emphasized that the Government is also working on how to partially provide Ukrainian thermal plants with fuel oil: "the Government has enough oil reserves in order to recycle it and supply about 200 tons of fuel oil to Ukrainian thermal plants."

"So, we keep on working. As long as the document is no signed, it is too early to talk about any solution of the gas issue," the Prime Minister said.

 

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