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Gazprom should stick to existing contract in gas supplies to Ukraine — Russian PM

March 18, 2015, 16:45 UTC+3 GORKI

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says statements on the revision of gas supply terms are a political PR-action

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GORKI, March 18. /TASS/. Statements by some persons in Ukraine on the revision of gas supply terms are a political PR-action, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

"It is obvious that exclamations are form time to time made in Ukraine on the need to revise prices or involve some other mechanisms," Medvedev said at a meeting with Gazprom Head Alexey Miller.

"It is obvious that Gazprom should be fully based on the existing agreements and no other legal possibility exists for Gazprom and all other talks on this topic are unfounded and these are just wishes and a political PR by some citizens who are engaged in this in the territory of Ukraine," Medvedev said.

The Gazprom head reported the results of gas deliveries inside Russia and abroad during the winter period, which he said had passed without any disruptions. After hearing the report, the premier paid special attention to gas supplies to Ukraine.

"We have one difficult partner. It is understandable that the talk is about Ukraine," Medvedev said.

March 31 will see the expiry of the so-called winter package of gas supplies to Ukraine, under which Russia granted Ukraine a discount on the request of the Ukrainian side "as a result of various consultations, which we held, including with the participation of partners from the European Union," the Russian premier said.

The Gazprom head said the main issues between the Russian gas monopoly and the Ukrainian national energy company Naftogaz were fully regulated by the existing 2009 contract and all addenda to it, including additional documents signed after Moscow and Kiev reached agreement on the winter package in late October 2014. These documents also relate to Ukraine’s obligation to prepay for Russian natural gas supplies, Miller said.

"So, all the terms of deliveries as of today are defined by our contractual obligations and there is no need to make any amendments or addenda to the existing contract for gas supplies from April 1," the Gazprom head said.

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