He said at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) held March 1, 2018, Censor.NET reports citing the NSDC press service.
The energy security issue was tackled at the meeting among other things.
In this regard, the NSDC has been tasked to initiate seizure of Gazprom's assets in Ukraine and abroad if the Russian company fails to comply with the Stockholm court rulings and take other measures to ensure Ukraine's energy security and uninterrupted gas transit supplies to Europe given severe weather conditions.
"We shall seize the property in case of non-fulfillment of the Stockholm arbitration rulings," the NSDC press service quoted Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov as saying.
Earlier, Gazprom received advanced payment from Naftohaz Ukrainy for gas supplies in March but transferred the money back. "Evidently, there will be no gas supplies to Naftohaz Ukrainy beginning on March 1," Gazprom Deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said.
Stockholm arbitration ruled Feb. 28 that Naftohaz be paid $4.63 billion. Following two arbitration proceedings, Gazprom owes $2.56 billion.