MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. Gazprom has started natural gas supplies to Ukraine, Gazprom spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov said on Tuesday.
“Today, Naftogaz of Ukraine has formalized a request for the delivery of 43.5 million cubic meters of gas to Ukrainian consumers per day. Prepayment for December deliveries was received earlier. From 10:00am Moscow time, Gazprom started to supply gas to Ukraine,” Kupriyanov said.
Ukrainian Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchishin said Ukraine had paid Gazprom on Friday for the delivery of 1 billion cubic meters of natural gas. “We started gas imports from Monday,” he said.
THE MAIN EXPORT ROUTES OF RUSSIA’S NATURAL GAS SUPPLIES TO EUROPE. Infographics by TASS
The Ukrainian national energy company Naftogaz said late on Friday that it had made a prepayment for the December deliveries of Russian natural gas. Gazprom later confirmed it had received of $378 million as prepayment for natural gas supplies.
Under accords reached between Moscow and Kiev, the price of Russian natural gas for Ukraine equals $378 per 1,000 cubic meters in the fourth quarter of 2014. Therefore, Naftogaz of Ukraine made a prepayment for 1 billion cubic meters of gas.
Based on a price discount granted by Gazprom at gas talks between Moscow and Kiev with the EU’s mediation in Brussels on November 30, the price of Russian natural gas supplies equals $378 per 1,000 cubic meters in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $365 in the first quarter of 2015.