The advance made by the Ukrainian side for deliveries of Russian natural gas will be sufficient for three to four days after which Gazprom, in compliance with the contract will suspend deliveries which can pose a threat to the transit of Russian gas to Europe, President Vladimir Putin has said.
"The prepayment that was made by the Ukrainian side is enough for gas deliveries for three to four days. If there is no prepayment, Gazprom in compliance with this contract and supplement to it will suspend deliveries," he said at a press conference following his talks with President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis answering a question from Interfax.
"Naturally this can create a certain threat to transit to Europe to our European partners," he added.
Russian president warned that it depends on Ukraine's "financial discipline" whether or not Russia will keep supplying the neighboring country with natural gas.
"We hope that things won't get as far as extreme measures and that gas supply won't be interrupted, but this doesn't depend on us alone, it depends on the financial discipline of our Ukrainian partners," Putin told a news conference in reference to Ukraine's commitment to make advance payments for its gas purchases.
Russia's Gazprom and Energy Ministry "are taking energetic measures not only to inform our European partners about this problem but also to get them involved in trying to solve it," he said.
Said Putin, cutting gas supplies to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics against the backdrop of the humanitarian crisis in these regions is reminiscent of genocide.
"I know that around four million people live there. Imagine all these people finding themselves without gas supplies in winter. Not only is there famine there - the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) has already acknowledged a humanitarian disaster there - now they are cut off gas supplies. What does this look like? This already has a whiff of genocide," president told.
"I would like the Energy Ministry and Gazprom to prepare proposals on the provision of humanitarian aid in the form of gas supply to these regions if no actions to supply gas using the usual scheme are taken," Medvedev told the Russian government.
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