Tymoshenko: NJSC ”Naftohaz Ukrajiny” and ”Gazprom” achieve complete understanding
On ending gas tension
As Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko said during negotiations between NJSC “Naftohaz Ukrajiny” and “Gazprom” complete understanding on ending gas tension had been achieved, according to the government’s press-office.
“Gas volumes supplied to Ukraine are completely resumed and I am very glad that Ukraine held out in this very complicated confrontation and has not gone back a step in key issues of the national security. I am confident that now we start a stage of calm and balanced negotiations between “Gazprom” and NJSC “Naftohaz Ukrajiny”, Yulia Tymoshenko noted.
At the same time, the Head of Government noted that she had signed directives on negotiations which NJSC “Naftohaz Ukrajiny” to hold with “Gazprom”.
According to the Prime Minister, the directives will be aimed at that NJSC “Naftohaz Ukrajiny” conclude a direct contract with “Gazprom-export” public corporation – a company which at 100 percent belongs to “Gazprom” and possesses contracts on Central Asiatic gas supplies from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
“Our task is to make NJSC “Naftohaz Ukrajiny” receive this gas,” the Head of Government stressed.
At that, the Prime Minister stated that the Government proposed “Gazprom” to grant to its daughter enterprises licenses for independent gas sale of 1,25 billion cubic meters per year in Ukraine as compensation for liquidation of “UkrHazEnergo”
The PM also announced that “we intend to achieve understanding and I am sure that beginning March we can conclude all agreements which will be long-term and predictable both by supply volumes and prices and according to monthly balance”.
“We should put an end to the tradition of short-term contracts for several months. I consider that long-term contracts – this is what both the Ukrainian and Russian sides need,” Yulia Tymoshenko added.
At the same time the Prime Minister told that within nearest days NJSC “Naftohaz Ukrajiny” would send its delegation to “Gazprom” for conducting negotiations on final regulation of the gas issue.