Ukraine Will Buy Gas From Russia This Year - Naftogaz Chief


KIEV, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Ukraine will return to buying gas from Russia in 2018, ending a more than two-year hiatus, as a result of a ruling by a Swedish arbitration court on its gas dispute with Moscow, the head of Ukrainian state-run energy firm Naftogaz said on Wednesday.

"From this year we are obliged to take a minimum volume (from Russia's Gazprom)," Naftogaz chief Andriy Kobolev said in a briefing, adding that Ukraine would continue buying gas from Europe also.

"Gazprom must sell us gas at a price lower than the European one and we see that as positive," he said.

He did not say when Naftogaz would start buying supplies from Russia or what the exact volumes would be.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Dale Hudson)


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Wake Thehellup  |  January 17, 2018
Come on!! Poroshenko and the gang, along with Naftogaz have been searching for a face saving excuse/way of turning the Gazprom tap back on since they started that nonsense of purchasing [RUSSIAN] gas from EU states, at a much higher price. Contrary to assertions by the current rulers in kiev, due to their back-debt to the Russian firm and it's insistence of them paying for any future supplies up front, they had no choice but to go further in debt to the West, so they didn't freeze to death. Gazprom/Russia knew they would be back as soon as they could come up with some feeble excuse and voilĂ !!!