" Gazprom " because of the situation with Ukraine has lost more than $ 2 billion profit

"Gazprom" for the first week of January, lost profits of more than $ 2 billion, and the right to demand compensation from the Ukraine, said deputy head of the Russian gas holding Alexander Medvedev."Gazprom" for the first week of January, lost profits of more than $ 2 billion, and the right to demand compensation from the Ukraine, said deputy head of the Russian gas holding Alexander Medvedev.

"We have the right to demand from Ukraine's total compensation since the first week of January we lost profit by more than $ 2 billion," - Alexander Medvedev said in an exclusive interview with TV channel Russia Today.

He noted that "Gazprom" has the right to file a lawsuit against Ukraine for compensation for the profits lost during the recent gas conflict.One of the customers, "Gazprom" - Bulgaria - has already announced that it wants to receive compensation for short-delivered gas in connection with the conflict.Medvedev noted that the responsibility for this lies uniquely in the Ukraine.

Earlier "Gazprom" in response to the demands of the European partners of the compensation of losses incurred due to the short supply of "blue fuel", said that they were due to force majeure during the gas conflict between Moscow and Kiev."Gazprom" during a break in transit of gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine have already notified the European consumers of force majeure.

On Friday, the Bulgarian government has estimated the damage caused by short supply of Russian gas to 500 million leva (250 million euros) and demanded compensation from the "Gazprom".Deputy Chairman of the Board of "Gazprom" Medvedev said Friday in Sofia that the company will fulfill all contractual obligations to Bulgaria and give her a concessional short-delivered due to a conflict with the Ukrainian side of the gas that will not pay compensation for damages.

Russian gas supplies to Europe were interrupted on the night of January 7 after due to lack of a contract for 2009, "Gazprom" January 1, cut off gas supplies to Ukraine, but continued to deliver "Naftogaz" Gas transit to Europe.The gas to the European consumers are not reached.Russia accused Ukraine of illegal selection of gas.

gas supplies to Europe were resumed on January 20 after the agreements reached by the Russian and Ukrainian prime ministers, and the signing of contracts between "Gazprom" and "Naftogaz".