Ukraine provides full natural gas transit to Europe.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, Deputy Fuel-Energy Minister of Ukraine Vadym Chuprun claimed this to journalists today.
“After the Gazprom’s statement about Ukraine’s debts, the government took this question under its absolute supervision”, V.Chuprun said.
At the same time, he noted the government plans to investigate which exactly of operators at the market has the debt at $1.3 billion.
“We have accumulated enough gas in our underground depositories, and Ukraine fulfills all its obligations to its European consumers”, the deputy Minister stressed.
V.Chuprun did not connect the Gazprom statement with the parliamentary election in Ukraine.
At the same time, according to him, the visit of Fuel-Energy Minister Yuri Boyko to Moscow is not connected with this issue as well. “The Minister will discuss in Moscow the issues, connected with oil transit trough the Ukrainian territory in 2008”, V.Chuprun specified.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said Tuesday it would cut gas supplies to Ukraine, which transports 80 percent of Russian gas supplies to Western Europe, if Kyiv does not pay over a billion dollars debt for earlier deliveries this month, according to Reuters. "If the debt is not settled in October, Gazprom will be forced to begin to cut natural gas supplies to Ukrainian consumers," the company said in a statement, putting the amount of debt at 1.3 billion dollars (900 million euros).