"Naftogaz" managed to bring down tension in relationship with "Gazprom".
The NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy extinguished part of a debt for September and, as expected, will transfer the remained amount today. I reported about it yesterday a press - the secretary of RosUkrEnergo (RUE) Andrey Knutov. On Saturday $100 million, and yesterday - $200 million more were transferred. Today RUE have to be listed the remained $250 million
Meanwhile today in Moscow the next round of negotiations during which it is planned to agree on the schedule of repayment by Ukraine of a debt for gas will begin. On the eve of a meeting the official representative of "Gazprom" Sergey Kupriyanov declared that the company expects to receive all sum - $2,4 billion - till January 1, 2009: "This condition of transition to direct long-term contracts with "Naftogaz". Otherwise, according to mister Kupriyanov, gas cost for Ukraine in 2009 will make more than $400 for one thousand cubic meter (now - $179,5). Sergey Kupriyanov once again reminded of the offer of "Gazprom" to carry out an advance payment for gas transit through the territory of Ukraine for 2009 "Naftogaz" returned this money as payment for natural gas. In exchange "Gazprom" demands to keep present rates of transit.
In a press - to "Naftogaz" service yesterday declared that the company expects to satisfy all debt for gas until the end of December. To confidence it gives that fact that gas prices for the population were since yesterday raised. It will allow the company only in January to gain in addition about $70 million
Statements of the parties, in fact, mean a truce in inflamed was to gas war. So, "Gazprom" in a sharp form demanded to satisfy a debt for gas, having threatened to appeal to the Stockholm arbitration court and to raise the gas price for Ukraine to $400 for one thousand cubic meter. And the president Victor Yushchenko in response to threats of Moscow promised to pass to the market relations with Russia in questions of rent of objects of the Black Sea fleet in the Crimea, tariffs for transit of gas and its storage. During the last meeting in Moscow representatives of the companies nevertheless agreed about repayment by Ukraine till December 1 of debt for supply of gas in September and partially in October.
The head of the analytical department of IK "Brokercreditservice" Maksim Shein considers that "Gazprom" refused continuation of gas war as it can complicate relationship with consumers of gas in the European Union countries. It reminds that guarantees of pumping of gas to Europe through the territory of Ukraine in January in case of an aggravation of the conflict of Moscow and Kiev round a gas debt were the main subject of a recent meeting the prime minister - the minister of Russia Vladimir Putin and the head of the German concern E.On Wulf Bernotat. Mister Putin assured the head of E.On that gas transit to Europe will be provided at any succession of events, however, most likely, decided to try to resolve the conflict peacefully.
Rate preservation on transit of the Russian gas across the territory of Ukraine was a main goal of a demarche of "Gazprom", the member of the committee of the Verkhovna Rada on energy industry Oleg Zarubinsky is sure. "Gazprom" persistently achieves from Ukraine that it took an advance payment for transit of gas and returned the companies this money in the form of a debt. Thus the transit rate the next year, in fact, will be frozen that is very favorable to the Russian monopoly", - the head of the special parliamentary commission of a question of investigation of a situation in the gas market Vasily Kiselyov agrees.
Meanwhile in a press - to "Naftogaz" service yesterday declared that don't exclude probability of that will accept the offer of "Gazprom" on a transit advance payment for 2009.