#AceFinanceNews – KIEV – April 05 – Ukraine is ready to buy Russian natural gas at a price of 268 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic metres, parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said on Saturday, April 5.
He said Ukraine “does not accept” Russia’s decision to raise the price of gas from April 1 and regards it as “political pressure”.
“Political pressure will not pass. We do not accept the price of 500 U.S. dollars. Ukraine is ready to continue buying natural gas at the price that was in effect since the beginning of the year – 268 U.S. dollars. This is an acceptable and balanced price,” Yatsenyuk said.
He reiterated Kiev’s readiness to “make all payments for the previous gas supplies” and was waiting for Russia’s reply.
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said on Saturday that “the debt situation cannot continue endlessly. We cannot supply gas for free. The debt must be paid. And current deliveries must be paid in full, too. ”
He stressed that the debt was growing by the month and now only 20 percent of payments were collected, compared to about 50 percent just recently.
As a result, “Ukraine’s debt to Russia will grow by 5.6 billion U.S. dollars by the end of the year.
This is a huge amount of money. This is a very tangible negative result for Gazprom,” he said, adding that this money was already included in the company’s investment plans and budget.