Tuesday, 3 May, 2011, 9:18 Politics
Expert skeptical about Ukraine’s chances to make Russia change its gas price

Expert on energy issues Oleksandr Narbut is skeptical that Ukraine will be able to convince Russia to change the 2009 formula for gas price calculation.

According to the expert, there are no what Premier Azarov described as “very weighty arguments” which can persuade the Russians to renegotiate the gas price.

Speaking on the TBi channel May 2, Narbut called Ukraine officials’ breast-beating statements [about the 2009 cabal gas contract and determination to renegotiate it – ZIK] mere window dressing which hides their own successful commercial activity.

Narbut did not rule out lower gas prices for Ukraine, saying Russia will agree only if Kyiv makes political concessions, Ukrayinska Pravda quotes the expert as saying.

“The price can be cut only through private agreements [something tycoon and former owner of corrupt RosUkrEnergo Firtash has already done – ZIK] or via political concessions – regardless of all the declarations. I do not believe the present Ukrainian regime has sufficient arguments and well-prepared scenarios to counter Kremlin’s likely moves,” Narbut said.

In his opinion, Ukrainian leaders are not fully aware of the possible fall-out from their tough declarations and are not ready to react to Russia’s corresponding response.

Although the gas talks get under way in summer and not in winter (when gas consumption is at the highest), Narbut said, Ukraine should do its homework well, preparing for tough reaction from Russia. If we threaten to take the case of gas pricing to the Arbitration Court in Stockholm, we must be fully aware of what might be Moscow’s answer,” Narbut warned.

Monday, 18 January, 2016, 11:07 Economy

A s of Jan. 1, Ukraine has trebled transit payments for the Russian gas pumped to EU. From $2.5 per 1,000 cubic meters to $7.9, Apostrof reports Jan. 18.

The decision to raise the tariffs was taken on Dec. 29, 2015. If earlier, the transit tariff between Ukraine and Russia was based on the 2009 contract, now it will be based on the Ukrainian law “On Natural Gas Market” and will be contingent to state regulation.

So far, the Russians have vehemently dismissed the new tariff.

Meanwhile, the new tariff is absolutely reasonable and is grounded on the EU Energy Community protocol and the agreement between Ukraine and the EU on association. Expert Mykhailo Honchar of the Strategy XXI think tank. “The same steps were taken by the European companies to bring their contracts in harmony with their legislation. The contract with Russia cannot override the new national legislation ,” he says. 

In fact, Russia’s Gazprom is using this system of tariff-setting in its dealings with Slovakia and other EU countries, the expert notes.

Thursday, 19 November, 2015, 14:44 Politics

Moscow supplied free tear gas and light grenades to Yanukovych regime to deal with public protests in 2014, PGO high-level official Serhy Horbatiuk said during a Nov. 19 briefing in Kyiv, Ukrayinska Pravda reports.

The grenades and tear gas was sent free of charge by Russia disguised as a humanitarian aid, the official said.

The Russian equipment was used by the police during the bloody crackdown on protesters.

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Wednesday, 1 July, 2015, 19:53 Economy

July 1, Ukraine stopped buying the Russian gas, something which came as a total surprise for the Russian company Gazprom that had blackmailed Ukraine for many years cutting gas during frosty winters, political expert Kiril Sazonov writes for Obozrevatel July 1.

Ukraine’s move will not affect the transit of gas via Ukraine to Europe, Naftohaz says.

Ukraine says Russia has charged Ukraine too high a price for gas. In this confrontation with Moscow Ukraine can take a breather as its underground reservoirs are filled with enough gas.

In the past year, Ukraine was able to buy gas from Eastern European countries, radically reducing its dependence on Russia. Now Ukraine buys only a third of its gas from Russia.

Sunday, 21 June, 2015, 8:34 Politics

Lithuania is prepared to supply the natural gas to Ukraine from its recently built LNG-built but Russia is trying to prevent this, Lithuania Ambassador in Ukraine Marjus Yanukosis said June 20, speaking on Kanal 5 TV , UNN reported.

 “Ukraine has taken decisive steps toward energy safety by negotiating gas supplies from EU and raising its energy effectiveness,” the ambassador said. 

 “For our part we are ready to help Ukraine in this process, supplying gas from our LNG-terminal. Unfortunately, Russia’s Gazprom, the owner of gas pipelines, is using political leverage to torpedo these economic projects,” the ambassador said. 

Earlier, Petro Poroshenko said Ukraine has contracts with over 10 gas supplies from EU.

Russia announced plans to reduce the supplies of its gas to those EU countries which sell gas to Ukraine.

In 2014, Ukraine saved $500 million thanks to the purchases of less expensive gas from EU.

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