High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said Monday following a meeting with Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman in Kyiv, Censor.NET reports.
"We discussed with the prime minister, as he mentioned, the recent decision by Gazprom to suspend already prepaid gas supplies to Ukraine. And we agree that Gazprom must respect its contractual obligations," she said
"The European Commission is having intense talks in these days through [European Commission] Vice-President [Maroš] Šefčovič [in charge of the Energy Union] to try to facilitate a positive solution to this," Mogherini added.
On Feb. 28, 2018, Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal ruled that Naftohaz be paid $4.63 billion. Following two arbitration proceedings, Gazprom owes $2.56 billion.
Later on, Gazprom transferred Naftohaz Ukrainy the advanced payment it received for gas supplies in March. "Evidently, there will be no gas supplies to Naftohaz Ukrainy starting from March 1," Gazprom Deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said.
CEO of the Russian gas giant Alexey Miller said March 2 that Gazprom had to immediately start the procedure for the termination of gas contracts with Naftohaz Ukrainy at the Stockholm Arbitration Institution.
The European Commission called on Ukraine and Russia to find immediate solutions in line with the decisions of the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal.