Gas prices are too high in Ukraine, it is necessary to conclude a contract with Gazprom

Summary

In Ukraine, gas prices are too high. The only way for the country not to freeze this winter is to urgently conclude gas supply contracts with Russia (Gazprom).

Disproof

Another narrative that Ukraine will not survive without Russian gas.

In November 2015, Kyiv refused to purchase gas for the state’s needs from the Russian monopolist Gazprom. At the moment, all the gas used by Ukraine is acquired exclusively on its western borders. According to Naftogas - gas imports from the European supplies are, despite the Kremlin’s statements, cheaper than Russian ones

In the summer of this year, Naftogaz of Ukraine reported that at the moment Ukraine is buying gas at an open auction in the EU, at almost half the price that Russia offers. For example, in July, Ukraine bought gas for the needs of the population at $178 per 1000 cubic meters, while Russia's Gazprom offered Kyiv a price of $315. Moreover, the Ukrainian company Naftogaz previously won a court case with Gazprom for gas supplies for state needs. Naftogaz estimates the overall positive effect of the arbitration award at more than tens of billion USD over the entire duration of the contract for gas supplies to Ukraine.

Read more about the gas problem between Ukraine and Russia here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 164
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: gas, economy
  • Outlet: 60 Minutes @ Rossiya 1 time 01:02:15 - 01:02:20; 01:06:21 - 01:06:29
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Disproof

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