Ukraine saved on gas discount of $ 180 million

"Naftogaz Ukraine" on Wednesday listed the "Gazprom" 419 million dollars for gas produced in April.The amount is calculated taking into account the 30 percent discount, which gave the Russian government, releasing "Gazprom" from the payment of export duty.Discount in fact made the maximum possible 100 dollars a thousand cubic meters.Total Ukraine imported 1.8 billion cubic meters, and "Naftogaz" has saved about $ 180 million.Thus, Ukraine

has started to accumulate debt to Russia, return to the terms of which the end is not yet agreed, wrote on Thursday, "Time of news"."Naftogaz Ukraine" on Wednesday listed the "Gazprom" 419 million dollars for gas produced in April.The amount is calculated taking into account the 30 percent discount, which gave the Russian government, releasing "Gazprom" from the payment of export duty.Discount in fact made the maximum possible 100 dollars a thousand cubic meters.Total Ukraine imported 1.8 billion cubic meters, and "Naftogaz" has saved about $ 180 million.Thus, Ukraine has started to accumulate debt to Russia, return to the terms of which the end is not yet agreed, wrote on Thursday, "Time of news".

the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov, however, has its own arithmetic.Yesterday morning at a government meeting, he said: "In April, we need to pay about 2 billion hryvnia less."According to the official exchange rate (7.9 hryvnia to the dollar), which is slightly more than $ 250 million.Most of the savings due to agreements between Ukraine and Russia Azarov urged to send funds to energy efficiency.

This was addressed to a call, it is not clear.Ukrainian consumers of imported gas will continue to pay for the long-established regulated prices.A discount will not only increase the burden on the economy, thus stabilizing the financial situation of "Naftogaz".State concern since last year purchasing raw material in Russia on average more expensive than selling it in the domestic market, so to pay for the gas it had to a large extent at the expense of foreign reserves (received in the form of loans to state-owned banks).

And on the eve of "Naftogaz", apparently for the first time in a long time has paid off with "Gazprom" on their own, without resorting to credit.Helped and a new form of payments for gas transit.Recall that "Gazprom" has agreed to pay 80% of invoices for services on transit through Ukraine to the 7th of the following month (still under contract, he was obliged to transfer the money to the 20-th number).The parties did not disclose the transit data in April.According to the newspaper estimated "Naftogaz" received 180-200 million dollars, that is about half of the payment for gas.Thus, the Ukrainian concern had to accumulate 220-240 million dollars - almost three times less than the contract value of 1.8 billion cubic meters of gas before the introduction of discounts.

Meanwhile Azarov personally confirmed that "any working meeting one on one, or at a meeting of the Committee (on economic cooperation, held April 30 in Sochi) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin did not make a bid to combine" Gazprom "and" Naftogaz". it should be reminded that the head of the Russian government suddenly announced the idea in the end of the statement to the press on the results of the committee." Most likely he was impressed by the extent of our cooperation, and he then came the offer ", - he explained the Ukrainian prime minister and told reporters followed an informalpart of the dialogue meeting with his Russian counterpart

"I said to him. Vladimir Vladimirovich, how do you currently see the association, on an equal footing?No question, if equal "- quoted Mr. Azarov himself And the answer was that Russian." Gives access to the resources you count their assets, their capabilities and offer us what you are applying for in our "."assets ... Any European country would not refuse such an offer, "- allegedly said to him, Vladimir Putin

Finally, Mykola Azarov promised to study the Russian initiative, making it clear that he had no choice:". The proposal made by the Prime Minister verylarge state - our neighbor, made in good faith "and added that." minority shareholder to enter into such a union - it must be all very seriously consider "

towards evening their opinion on the topic presented and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who tried again.taxied on joint modernization of the country's gas transportation system and "guarantee its load from Russia, and possibly Central Asian states." According to the president, to the proposal of Vladimir Putin, should be treated "as one of the possible options for cooperation with Russia in the gas issue".Once again, stressing that there was an "impromptu", Yanukovych said: "Ukraine will answer after we calculate everything in terms of our national interests."According to him, if the negotiations do begin, at some stage will involve the EU needed as the main consumer of gas.