The signed contracts between Russia and Ukraine bear emergence threat in the end of the year debt claims from Moscow which can be used as pressure lever at presidential election.
Such opinion was expressed authorized the president on international issues of energy security by Bogdan Sokolovsky.
"Recent statements of the Russian management testify that now at the end of every month there is a threat of the termination of deliveries and transit of natural gas according to the unilateral solution of the Russian side", - Sokolovsky considers.
He explained that one of the main reasons for it is principle existence "take or pay" in Ukrainian - the Russian contract on gas purchase and sale at absence in the transit contract of any guarantees of deliveries in the Russian side of gas in the Ukrainian GTS for its further transit to the European consumers.
Referring to preliminary information, Sokolovsky reported that during the negotiations held at intercorporate level in January and February, "Gazprom" agreed on principle ignoring "take or pay" in the first two months of the current year and I took for this period from "Naftogaz" payment of cubic volumes of import upon gas reduced by 1,5 billion, but the Russian side didn't confirm officially this norm for 2009 as a whole.
It reminded that according to the contract the Ukrainian party in 2009 is obliged to pay the Russian side more than 40 billion cubic gas.
Despite it, by the management of the Ukrainian government it is declared unreasonable and inconsistent intention from the point of view of international law to pay only for 33 billion
"Official settlement of this question in the contract would have to become a priority for the management of the government, lawyers and People's Deputies who were involved in preparation and signing of gas contracts unprofitable to Ukraine of January 19, 2009 and thus at least "substituted" the state company "Naftogaz", and the main thing - the Ukrainian state", - Sokolovsky considers.
It predicts that further delay by the government management with official and to transparent settlements of contractual obligations concerning payment for actually imported gas creates real threat of emergence at the end of this year serious debt claims to the Ukrainian party from the Russian.
"These claims can be used, in particular, as the additional powerful lever of external political pressure upon Ukraine during the pre-election period", - he noted.