"Naftogaz" wants to change the contract with "Gazprom"

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Ukraine has to begin already today negotiations on reduction of volumes of imported gas in 2010 - 2019 for reduction of contract conditions in compliance with Power strategy of Ukraine and directives on negotiations concerning cooperation in the gas sphere, approved in 2008 decrees of the president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko. It was declared authorized the president on international issues of energy security by Bogdan Sokolovsky, reports a press - service of the head of state.

According to him, now "Naftogaz" officially addressed to "Gazprom" with the offer to revise item 2.2.1 of the contract according to which in 2009 the company has to pay to "Gazprom" of 40 billions cubic meter of gas, having reduced this indicator to 33 billions.

Sokolovsky noted that according to item 2.2.3 of the contract such arrangements are possible at a consent of the parties no later than in six months prior to the beginning of a year of delivery, that is indicators for 2009 had to be specified till July 1, 2008 (before signing of the contract).

"As a whole changes in long-term international treaties are usual practice. The bases for this purpose result from change of conditions and circumstances of implementation of contracts. At the same time after signing of the contract with "Gazprom" of a condition of its performance practically didn't change. Therefore, need to change the contract in a month after the conclusion testifies to its imperfection and preparation without due expert study", - Sokolovsky noted.

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