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"Naftogaz" Exacerbates Gas Crisis

National Joint-Stock Company “Naftogaz of Ukraine” claimed that “Gazprom” has no confirmed debts of Naftogaz for the consumed gas.

A press-release of the Company issued today states that the Company is always ready to fulfill all formal and documentary confirmed obligations in the gas relationships. NJSC “Naftogaz” acknowledges its “readiness to efficiently cooperate and have a dialogue with its partners in “Gazprom”.

As for the disputes between “Naftogaz of Ukraine” and JV “UkrGazEnergo”, such disputes should be settled within the framework of bilateral relations between the two economic agents, the document emphasizes.

As of February 28, NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine” is ready to continue negotiations on the pattern of natural gas supplies to the Ukraine pursuant to the agreements between the Presidents of the Ukraine and Russian Federation (“Ukrainska Pravda” reports).

According to the Company, the amount paid by “Naftogaz of Ukraine” to “UkrGazEnergo” to repay the debts totals 3.87 billion Grivnas (about 760 million Dollars). Note that according to the Russian party, the debt of “the Ukrainian partners” to the Russian monopoly agreed upon with Ukrainian President Yuschenko totals about 1.5 billion Dollars. Today, NJSC “Naftogaz” actually refused to pay any additional money besides already paid for the gas consumed late in 2007 (aforesaid 760 million Dollars).

As it was advised earlier, in spite of unsigned contracts on gas supplies to the Ukraine in 2008, “Gazprom” continued to supply the gas again in fact “for the sake of the partnership relations” and in order to provide for gas supplies the West European countries.

It is also known that today Deputy Chairman of the Board of NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Igor Didenko flied to Moscow to negotiate with RAO “Gazprom” on conclusion of contracts on supplies of the Central Asian gas.
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