Answering a question, whether Lithuania supports the possibility of using the additional €2 billion in financial aid that Ukraine has requested from the European Commission, the minister said: “This issue is not being discussed now, I cannot comment on this.”
Russia estimates Ukraine’s debt for the gas already consumed at $5.5 billion.
At the summit of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Italy’s Milan, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is ready to reconsider the sum offering a $100 discount on each 1,000 cubic meters of gas. Thus, the debt will stand at $4.5 billion.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier on Monday that Kiev lacks some €1.5 billionand that the European Commission, Germany or France could lend Ukraine the sum for a month and a half.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in turn, said that Ukraine and Russia had agreed on gas prices for the upcoming winter period. Thus, the gas price for Ukraine will be $385 per 1,000 cubic meters. The deadline for the payment term was fixed on March 31, 2015.
The issue of allocating the EU financial aid to Kiev remains unsolved now. Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said in Luxembourg that the EU could give Ukraine additional funds only on clear guarantees and if all the international conditions are met.
On October 21, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, his Ukrainian counterpart Yuriy Prodan and EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger are due to hold a trilateral meeting, to be also attended by the leadership of Gazprom and Naftogaz.
At the meeting the sides are expected to reach an agreement on providing Ukraine with gas and ensuring uninterrupted gas transit via the Ukrainian territory to Europe until the end of winter.
Lavrov said at the moment Russia and Ukraine have agreed on the gas price for the period of five months.