Kobolev said on air of Ukraina TV channel: "We are glad that our Russian contractor is ready to make certain concessions to us prior to the negotiations. It's is encouraging. Although, I must say that we assume that this year's share of Gazprom gas imports to Ukraine will be not more than 40 per cent. I think that's a good motivation to agree on fair and transparent terms, as it was last year," Censor.NET reports citing Liga.
The head of Naftohaz believes that Gazprom is not in a position to dictate its terms this year because the work that was done over the past year - "this winter passed without a crisis, the reverse was maximized, no longer allows Gazprom to be monopolist of gas imports to Ukraine."
"We are passing this winter with a fairly good volume of gas in underground storages, and this gives us reason to believe that it will work out all right," Kobolev added.
"Ukraine will insist on a market price which will be transparent and competitive with other sources of gas deliveries," he said.
Naftohaz is paying in parts for the Russian fuel - $15 million each, which is enough for four or five days. According to Kobolev, this is not due to the troubles in the foreign exchange market, "it is connected with the comfort and flexibility of the terms of the contract, which was signed last year. We have possibility to pay as much as we want anytime we want."