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KIEV, April 2. /TASS/. Ukraine will continue to import natural gas in the reverse mode from Europe, despite an agreement with Russia on gas price in the second quarter of 2015, Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Volodymyr Demchishin said on Thursday.
He said contracts on gas imports from the European Union contained "certain liabilities" and Kiev was determined not to violate them. "They (liabilities — TASS) will be fulfilled. We cannot turn them down," he said.
According to the Ukrainian energy minister, the country’s underground gas storage facilities have about 7.7 billion cubic metres of gas, which is "enough to feel safe."
Ukraine’s energy company Ukrtransgaz said on Thursday Ukraine had imported 3.649 billion cubic metres of gas from Europe in the first quarter of the current year. In the first quarter of 2014, Ukraine imported no gas from Europe.
On Wednesday, Ukraine’s Naftigaz and Russia’s gas giant Gazprom signed an additional agreement to the basic gas contract of 2009. The agreement regulates Russian gas prices for Ukraine in the second quarter of 2015.
Earlier on Thursday, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said the gas price for Ukraine would be $247.18 per 1,000 cubic metres of gas. The take-or-par principle will not be applied.