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Yatseniuk hopes that volumes and price of gas for Ukraine will be more competitive

18.05.2015 10:14 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) As of May 15, within an Hour of Questions to the Government at the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said that the minimum balance of Ukrainain gas purchases should be «50to 50», Government Portal reports. "Minimum, which we are to buy from the EU, will be 50% of gas. Russia wants to spread traps for Ukraine, but we do not repeat the mistake that was made several years ago, " Yatseniuk stressed. As to the report, the Ukrainian Prime Minister underlined that the Government took a «very tough» position on gas supplies last year. He noted that within the last year Jun he had a telephone conversation on this issue with one of the European leaders, who advised to sign a new contract with Gazprom. «In reply I said- once we have already signed an agreement with them, its enough,» Yatseniuk said. He reminded that together with the European Commission a tripartite agreement on gas supply had been signed last year. Through this agreement, the Prime Minister stressed, Ukraine «managed to endure the winter as well as avoid paying Russia US$500as provided by the gas contract». In addition, last year the Government diversified sources of natural gas supply, he said. Yatseniuk noted a special role in this of Slovakia, the United States and the European Union. «Despite the pressure that was put on our European partners, before we took 95% of gas from the Russian Federation, but within the last year we finished with 70% of gas from the European Union and only 30%- from Russia.» «Now we have managed to achieve the price of Russian gas for Ukraine to be below $250. This is not those $500that was several years ago,» he emphasized. Therefore, Yatseniuk admited, the Cabinet had decided that the minimum gas balance should be «50to 50». «The minimum that we will buy from the EU will be 50% of gas,» he said. As to the report, Yatseniuk reiterated that Ukraine buys gas from five European companies: Statoil, Royal Dutch Shell, RWE, E.ON, Gaz de France. «After the recent talks in France, we hope that volumes of the gas purchase and the price of European gas will be more competitive than it is today,» he said.

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