Russian President Vladimir Putin said on May 15 that Moscow had been forced to introduce advance payments for deliveries of natural gas to Ukraine, but remains open for discussion to normalize the situation, RIA Novosti has reported.
Moscow is ready to restart negotiations on gas price with Ukraine once Kiev starts repaying its debt amounting to U.S. $3.5 billion, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on May 14, Prime has reported.
Ukraine will be able to use the EU’s financial assistance to pay off its debt for Russian gas, a spokesman for the European Commission on economic and monetary affairs said on May 13, RIA Novosti has reported.
Ukraine may go to an arbitration court to revise its U.S. $3.5 billion debt to Russian gas giant Gazprom, Energy Minister Yury Prodan told a news conference on May 8, Prime has reported.
Strasbourg hosted on April 15 a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Guenther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy in the European Commission, Gazprom’s press office has said.
Naftogaz Ukrainy CEO Andrei Kobolev said there were two ways to solve the gas problem for Ukraine, ITAR-TASS reported on April 12.
Russia guarantees the fulfilment of its natural gas commitments to European partners, President Vladimir Putin said on April 11, RIA Novosti reported.
President Vladimir Putin is deeply concerned about Ukraine’s U.S. $2.2 billion debt for Russian gas and suggested taking urgent steps to settle the problem in a letter to European leaders, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti on April 10.
Ukraine will not repay its gas debt for March supplies to Russian giant Gazprom until it gets back all discounts which were cancelled April 1, Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yury Prodan said on April 9, RIA Novosti reported.
The Gazprom headquarters hosted on April 3 a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee and Andrey Kobolev, CEO of Naftogaz of Ukraine, Gazprom’s press office has said.