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 Ukraine hopes for renewal of gas talks with Russia, - Naftohaz's Koboliev

Ukraine hopes for renewal of trilateral talks of Ukraine, Russia and the European Commission on possible supplies of natural gas for Ukraine from the Russian Federation.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, this was announced by Naftohaz Ukrainy head Andrii Koboliev on air of Channel 5 on Wednesday night.

"This matter was raised during the most recent talks of Ukraine's PM with Vice-President of the European Commission Šefčovič. We hope to return to the trilateral format of talks with Russians, which might bring some results," Koboliev said.

The head of Naftohaz reminded that Ukraine does not import gas from the Russian Federation at the moment for there is no consent with Gazprom in terms of signing an additional agreement to the gas supply contract, without which renewal of gas import from Russia is not possible, Naftohaz says.

Koboliev noted that Ukraine is able to pump 14.5 billion cubic meters of gas to its underground gas storage facilities prior to the beginning of the heating season without Russian supplies.

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At the same time, a possibility to import gas not only from European, but also from Russian direction by signing an addendum "will be useful for us, for we strive to optimize the portfolio and buy gas from diverse suppliers at the lowest price."

Koboliev added that currently the company buys gas from the EU at its own cost, but it hopes to start buying it with EBRD loan of $300 million from August, and with the Wold Bank loan of $500 million from September.

Earlier, head of Naftohaz Ukrainy Andrii Koboliev announced that the company had received gas pricing from Russia's Gazprom and was awaiting a formal offer to start buying gas.

Naftohaz insists that an additional agreement to effective contract is signed, which will allow supplies of gas, for effective contract cannot provide for such guarantees.

In June, Gazprom announced of receiving a request by Naftohaz about renewal of gas supplies from Russia to Ukraine starting from second half of 2016 until April of 2017.

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