Friday, October 17, 2014

Europe should respond to Ukraine’s statement on gas transit guarantees. ("Ukraine grants itself the right to steal Russian gas intended for European consumers")

Europe should respond to a statement by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk that Ukraine can give no guarantees for safe Russian natural gas transit to Europe, Gazprom Deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said on Friday.

“Yatsenyuk said yesterday that Ukraine will not be able to ensure the safety of gas supplies from Russia to Europe,” he said.

“I can interpret these words as saying that Ukraine grants itself the right to steal Russian gas intended for European consumers. This needs a response not only from Russia, but also from Europe,” the Gazprom deputy CEO said.

The Ukrainian national energy company Naftogaz earlier filed a claim with the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal, disputing some provisions of the gas transit contract with Gazprom.

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  1. Ucraina e Russia non sono riuscite a raggiungere risultati sulla questione del gas, ha annunciato il Presidente ucraino Poroshenko dopo un incontro bilaterale con Vladimir Putin a Milano....

    Il leader ucraino spera che l’intesa sarà trovata durante i prossimi negoziati tra la Russia, l'UE e l'Ucraina previsti per il 21 ottobre. Poroshenko ha aggiunto che c'è un progresso nella questione del gas, ma occorre discutere ulteriori dettagli.
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  2. Russia and Ukraine have agreed that the gas price for the winter will total $385 per 1,000 cubic meters, and Kiev is ready for prepayment of supplies, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday...

    “An agreement on the price of $385 has been reached, Ukraine is ready for prepayment of gas supplies,” Novak told journalists.

    He said the talks will resume on October 21 in Brussels.

    “We have agreed on the key parameters - on the price for gas supplies in the winter period, on prepayment terms and on the debt repayment schedule,” Novak said. “The question now is whether Ukraine has sources to repay the debt and pay for current deliveries.”............

  3. The European Union (EU) said on Friday a trilateral gas meeting between the EU, Russia and Ukraine was scheduled for next Tuesday in Brussels....

    The three sides will be represented by EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan respectively.

    During the previous ministerial gas talks held in September in Berlin, Russia, Ukraine and the EU prepared a new package deal on settling the gas dispute and needed to be approved by the governments in Moscow and Kiev.

    According to the "winter package" mediated by the EU, Kiev would pay 2 billion U.S. dollars to Russia by the end of October and a further 1.1 billion dollars by the end of this year to pay off gas debts.

    In return, Russia would deliver at least 5 billion cubic meters of gas to Ukraine after it has received the first 2 billion dollars. The price discussed for the gas deliveries was 385 dollars per 1,000 cubic meters.

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said at the same day in Milan all remaining issues could be resolved during the next trilateral talks.

  4. Yatsenyuk: Ukraine has $3.1 bln that can be used to pay for gas ...

    Ukraine has 3.1 billion U.S. dollars on its accounts and can use this money to pay for gas, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Sunday.

    “We now have 3.1 billion U.S. dollars on accounts. This money can be used to pay for gas - for both previous and future supplies, as we will agree,” Yatsenyuk told the ICTV television channel.

    He also said that as of the morning of October 19 Ukraine’s gas storage facilities held 16.7 billion cubic metres of gas..............

    1. Kiev a accumulé 3,1 milliards de dollars en vue de payer pour le gaz...

      L'Ukraine dispose sur ses comptes de 3,1 milliards de dollars que Kiev pourrait utiliser pour rembourser la dette pour le gaz russe, a communiqué le premier ministre Arseni Iatseniouk.

      Intervenant en direct à la télévision ukrainienne il a noté que 16,7 milliards de mètres cubes de gaz étaient actuellement stockés dans les entrepôts.

      A l'issue du sommet de l'ASEM à Milan Vladimir Poutine a déclaré que la Russie irait à la rencontre de Kiev en ce qui concerne la dette pour le gaz et comptait que l'UE aiderait l'Ukraine à combler la pénurie de finances. Selon le président, Moscou n'a pas encore reçu au moins 5,5 milliards de dollars de dettes de la part de l'Ukraine, mais était prêt à recompter cette somme.
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  5. Final Gas Agreement Could Be Reached Next Wednesday: EU Energy Commissioner...

    A final gas agreement could be signed at the Russia-Ukraine-European Union meeting, scheduled to take place on October 29, EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said Tuesday.

    "Today we are at a stage in negotiations, where all parties should discuss the results with their presidents, governments, heads of companies, and [the results] should be evaluated by me together with representatives of the Council of Europe. Relevant mandates must be received on the holding of the next trilateral meeting next Wednesday. It will also take place in Brussels and a decision must be made, and a relevant agreement must be signed, by all three sides," Oettinger said.

    Speaking at a press conference following the trilateral gas talks in Brussels, the EU Energy Commissioner added that he expects progress to be made during next week's gas talks.

  6. Russia Ready to Guarantee $100 Gas Discount for Ukraine in Intergovernmental Agreement ...

    Russia is still offering Ukraine a $100 gas discount and is suggesting to secure this commitment in an intergovernmental agreement, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Tuesday.

    “As for the price, this issue has been discussed in detail today in relation to guarantees for preserving this price as long as a six-month winter temporary agreement is in place," Novak said following another round of trilateral gas talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Brussels.

    "The Russian side is acting in full compliance with the contract, which remains in force to date. This contract envisages a possibility for a discount. The Russian side is ready to adopt a decree by the Russian government that allows for a $100 discount,” the minister said.

    "To further guarantee that this decree will not be annulled, we offer to sign an intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Ukraine, which would reflect the corresponding commitments to keep the price during this period [six months] at $385,” Novak added.

  7. Novak: EU must undertake to guarantee Ukraine’s payment of debts for Russian gas ...

    The European Union must undertake a commitment to guarantee Ukraine’s repayment of debts for Russian gas, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday after his talks with Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuri Prodan and European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettringer.

    Novak said that the European Commission and Ukraine must agree on a source of financing for advance payments for Russian gas supplies before the end of this week.

    Gas price of $385 for Ukraine will be in force from October 2014 to late March 2015. Russia suggests to Ukraine signing intergovernmental deal on $100 discount for 2009 contract-envisioned gas price...............

    1. Russia Expects EU to Help Kiev Prepay Winter Gas Deliveries: Energy Minister Novak ...

      Foreign assistance to Ukraine, which will help the country pre-pay $1.6 billion for November-December gas deliveries, remains one of the key issues, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Tuesday.

      “We hope that the European Commission, the European Union, the EU countries will also pay attention and shoulder part of the necessary assistance. Since the consultations were launched in May, we have not noticed any significant financial assistance to the Ukrainian side so that it could pay for the already delivered gas,” the minister said following the trilateral gas talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union.

  8. Russia doubts the legality of reverse gas supplies to Ukraine, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Tuesday....

    “We think that the gas delivered directly to consumers, cannot legally be reversed, because the contract on gas supplies does not envisage [reverse supplies], this is why we draw our attention to the fact that in our opinion, there is no valid legal basis for this. This situation requires careful study from the legal side,” Novak said following the trilateral gas talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union.

  9. No Russia-Ukraine gas deal at EU talks; Moscow queries finances ...

    Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an accord on gas supplies for the coming winter in EU-brokered talks on Tuesday but agreed to meet again in Brussels in a week in the hope of ironing out problems over Kiev's ability to pay.

    After a day of talks widely expected to be the final word, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told a news conference the three parties agreed the price Ukraine would pay Russia's Gazprom (GAZP.MM) - $385 per thousand cubic meters - as long as it paid in advance for the deliveries.

    But Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Moscow was still seeking assurances on how Kiev, which earlier in the day asked the EU for a further 2 billion euros ($2.55 billion) in credit, would find the money to pay Moscow for its energy...............


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