"If we move vigorously
along the path of reforms, if we introduce actively energy efficient measures,
we are capable within following five years to become an energy independent country
and rely exclusively on our domestic resource of natural gas," stressed
Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Tuesday, February 16, at the
Parliament during the Government's report on its activities for 2015.
"For the first
time in history of Ukrainian independence we have not bought a single cubic
meter of gas from the Russian Federation this winter", he said.
The Prime Minister
stressed that currently the storage facilities contain over 10 billion cubic
meters of gas: "This is by 2 billion cubic meters of gas more than last
The launch of the Government's energy efficiency
programme, he said, enabled to reduce the consumption of natural gas by 20%:
"It's by 20% less money that would have been transferred to the
accounts of the Russian ‘Gazprom’, the money that ‘Gazprom’
together with the Kremlin regime directs
to buy tanks, aircrafts and to finance their
In the energy sector the
Government was able to "get
rid of middleman, gas oligarchs and
various shadow schemes that existed in the Ukrainian gas and energy
"Now the Ukrainian
company ‘Naftogaz’ purchases natural gas exceptionally under transparent and open contracts from the
European Union member states, from six largest
European companies", he accentuated.
"The price at
which we buy [gas –ed.] in Europe, is lower than that offered by the Russian ‘Gazprom",
said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The Prime Minister
stressed that the Ukrainian side had
filed a lawsuit against the Russian ‘Gazprom’
concerning two gas contracts in the Stockholm arbitration court.
In the first case in respect of the contract of sale and purchse Ukraine claims USD 14.5 billion. In the
second – regarding the transit contract, Ukraine claims USD 8.2 billion.
"I believe by
the end of year, the dispute in the Stockholm arbitration court will be resolved in
our favor. As our position is correct",
Moreover, the Prime Minister reminded that rates of
rent for the extraction of natural gas had
"We have managed
to preserve a high rate for the so-called joint activities, as
it's a dark and falsified scheme. And we once
again call on those who obtained licenses illegally to realize
that there won’t be another way. The rate of 70% was fixed and it won’t change. Only transparent contracts
and only open agreements on distribution of
products", summed up the Prime Minister.