"Rosukreenergo" on Tuesday appealed with the claim to the Stockholm arbitration court, having demanded return of 11 billion cubic meter of gas or compensation of its cost.
"We addressed with the preliminary requirement to return gas, but we also can demand to pay it for the prices at which it could be sold in the European Union countries", - reported The businessman - Ukraine high-ranking source in RUE.
It any more the first judicial claim submitted RUE. On February 2 and 5 claims were submitted to other European courts in connection with refusal of "Naftogaz" to deliver gas of the Swiss company from the Ukrainian underground storages.
By data "Gazprom", gas price in domestic market of Poland and Hungary where RUE works, in January - February reached $500-550 for one thousand cubic meter.
At the same time a press - the secretary of NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy Valentin Zemlyansky on Tuesday specified that process of a customs clearance of disputable gas proceeds.
Lawyers estimate chances of RUE of a victory in the International Court of Justice as high, but to execute the arbitration decision in Ukraine, in their opinion, will be difficult.
"Procedure of alienation of gas is broken - contrary to the Swiss legislation, the decision on its sale was signed only by one of directors of RUE (representing interests of "Gazprom" which possesses 50% of the company), and it is necessary two (other actions belong to the Ukrainian businessmen Dmitry Firtash and Ivan Fursin), - the partner of Legal Partners law firm Andrey Domansky speaks.
"But the decision of the international arbitration court it is necessary to confirm in the Ukrainian vessels. Without it at most, on what can count RUE, is an arrest of property of "Naftogaz" abroad", - the lawyer speaks.
Among "Naftogaz" assets abroad only licenses for oil and gas production in Egypt, Libya and the United Arab Emirates where decisions of the International Courts of Justice have no direct force, are noted by lawyers.
Meanwhile the Cabinet of Ministers was engaged in search of the cheap gas necessary for transit of the Russian fuel.
In the letter of February 7 (the copy the prime minister has - the minister Yulia Timoshenko appealed to the president of European Commission José Manuel Barroso to promote that the European oil and gas companies sold NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy of 4,5 billion cubic meter of the technological gas necessary for transit of 120 billion cubic meter of the Russian gas in the European Union countries.
As the source in department of oil, gas and oil processing of Ministry of Fuel and Energy, gas price which Ukraine expects from the European suppliers told the edition, shouldn't exceed $160 for one thousand cubic meter.
In European Commission representation in Ukraine and a press - service of Cabinet of Ministers on the address the prime minister - the minister didn't begin to make comments.