V. Yushchenko: Ukraine resolved an issue of repayment of a debt for the gas

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Ukraine resolved an issue of repayment of a debt for the gas consumed in 2008. The President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko declared it today in Borispol, the correspondent of RBC - Ukraine reports. According to him, yesterday about 23:00 NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy paid 800 million dollars for the consumed gas which was pumped in gas storages in the summer and in the fall. Thus the head of state noted that soon NAK will transfer 200 million more dollars. "Therefore for today the issue of payment for gas is resolved", - V. Yushchenko told.

The president also emphasized that as a result of it at NBU resources for carrying out daily auctions on currency sale will be released that in turn will give the chance to National Bank to prevent the speculative growth of a dollar rate.

In turn, the Minister of Finance of Ukraine Victor Pinzenyk declared that the National Bank will sell directly NAK dollars to "Naftogaz". According to him, "Naftogaz" won't enter the interbank currency market for currency purchase.

However, the representative of JSC Gazprom Sergey Kupriyanov declared today that Ukraine satisfied a debt for gas in underground gas storages for October, 2008. Thus, according to him, for November and December Ukraine remained owes 2 billion dollars. "Information that payments of 800 million dollars are made, is only part of information which we received from the Ukrainian colleagues. The second part is that more they about New year won't pay anything to us. It is told us absolutely precisely and definitely. It means that they extinguished debt for October, but a debt for November, payment for December (and together with penalties it is about 2 billion dollars) - we about New year won't see this money", - S. Kupriyanov noted. Thus the Ukrainian party to "Gazprom" didn't provide the scheme of repayment of debt, he added. After today's repayment "the problem became aggravated on January 1" as to pass to new contracts on supply of gas, having a debt of 2 billion dollars.the company can't, S. Kupriyanov emphasized. At the same time he noted that if Ukraine won't pay all debt for the put Russian gas about New year, legislative bases for its deliveries won't be.

We will remind, on December 16 of this year the source in the Cabinet reported RBC - Ukraine that the NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy will be able to extinguish about New year to 1 billion dollars from available debt for the consumed gas before JSC Gazprom.

By data "Gazprom" the debt of Ukraine for the consumed gas makes 2,4 billion dollars. In turn representatives of the Swiss gas trader of RosUkrEnergo declared that the debt of "Naftogaz" makes 2,195 billion dollars

Negotiations on supply of gas the next year proceed.

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