Ukraine has significantly reduced its energy dependence on Russia and will be buying natural gas at $245 per 1,000 cubic meters this year, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.
"We have lived through the winter and purchased only 2 billion [cubic meters of gas]; our latest procurement cost less than $300 [per 1,000 cubic meters] and Russia eventually had to request a 68 percent increase in gas flow which crashed the gas market. Now we will be buying gas at $245 [per 1,000 cubic meters] via reverse flows," the president said in an interview with Pershyi Natsionalnyi Channel on Monday night.
In the words of the chief of state, Ukraine has fully diversified the gas delivery mechanism. "We have been talking about this and dreaming of this for 23 years. We, my team have done it," Poroshenko said.
Russian permanent representative at the EU Vladimir Chizhov:"The European Union is reacting to all this with well-understandable concerns and even elements of nervousness, because history of the past several years doesn't give reasons to our European Union partners to be sure about Ukraine's reliability as a gas transit country"
"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"
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