"Today at 10:00, “Gazprom” reduced gas supplies by 25 per cent”, Kupriyanov said to journalists. Meanwhile, “Gazprom” is ready to discuss unsettled problems with the Ukraine (RIA Novosti reports).
According to the Internet version of “Ukrainska Pravda”, the daily gas supplies have been reduced by 16 million cubic meters at Gas Distribution Station “Mozyr” and by 24 million cubic meters at Gas Distribution Station “Suja”.
Serguei Kupriyanov especially emphasized that the gas is supplied to European consumers nominally.
"Naftogaz of Ukraine " has already claimed that the restrictions imposed by “Gazprom” are insignificant and will not affect Ukrainian consumers.
We need to remind that last week National Joint Stock Company “Naftogaz of Ukraine” escalated the relations with “Gazprom” when it said that the Russian monopoly has no confirmed debts of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” for the consumed gas.
According to the company’s memo, the total amount paid by “Naftogaz of Ukraine” to “UkrGazEnergo” to redeem the debt is 3.87 billion Grivnas (about 760 million US Dollars).
Meanwhile, according to the Russian data agreed upon with President of the Ukraine Victor Yuschenko, the debt of “the Ukrainian partners” to the Russian monopoly totals about 1.5 billion Dollars. In its memo, NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine” actually denied payment of any extra money but for that paid for the gas consumed in late 2007 (aforesaid 760 million US Dollars).
As it was announced earlier, in spite of unsigned contracts on gas supplies to the Ukraine in 2008, “Gazprom” continued to supply the gas actually “for the sake of partnership relations” and in order to provide for regular gas supplies to the West European countries.
Just after the “Naftogaz” memo was released, Deputy Chairman of the NJSC Board Igor Didenko flied to Moscow for negotiations with “Gazprom” on contracts for supplies of the Central Asian gas. Later it has become known that these talks failed.