Minister of Energy Alexander Novak announced to journalists, commenting on Ukraine's Naftohaz recent resumption of gas purchase from Gazprom, Censor.NET reports referring to Interfax-Ukraine.
"Of course, we are interested in direct gas supplies. We have already received the first advance payment and started supplying Russian gas to Ukraine on Monday. In our view, it is a positive moment that will allow increasing the volume of gas supplies before the fall-winter period," Novak said.
According to him, the most important thing is that Naftohaz should find money during the fall-winter period to pay for supplies in winter.
"Ukraine's gas needs in winter are unlikely to be satisfied by anyone except Russia and Gazprom, I can say it for sure that the reverse flow capacity will not be enough," the minister said.
"We believe it is the right of Ukraine where to buy gas. Unfortunately, the economy is hardly taken into account when decision is taken," Novak said.
He said that during the third quarter, Ukraine purchased gas at $30 higher the price offered by Russia.
"In our view, this is not correct, because for the same money they could buy more gas and pump it down to underground storage facilities. As for the reverse flow from Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia, two-thirds of this gas is the Russian gas supplied to Europe," he added.