: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russia agrees to lower gas price for Ukraine


The Russian Energy Ministry has confirmed an interim gas price for Ukraine at $378 per 1,000 cubic meters, reads a statement posted on the ministry’s website.
“The price in the fourth quarter of 2014 will amount to $378 per 1,000 cubic meters, and in the first quarter of 2015 it will be $365 [per 1,000 cubic meters]. A change in the value of gas is related to the dynamics of the oil price, which is an element of the pricing formula,” reads the statement.
Earlier, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said that Ukraine and the European Union had reached a common position, under which the price of Russian natural gas for Ukraine should be $378 per 1,000 cubic meters by the end of the year and $365 per 1,000 cubic meters from the beginning of the next year.
“Now we have reached a position where the price will be determined by the formula directly stipulated in the contract. This formula is influenced by the price of oil, which has fallen significantly,” he said.
He recalled that earlier, Ukraine and the European Union had proposed that Russia amend the current contract, which would envisage the gas price for Ukraine in the summer season at $325 per 1,000 cubic meters and in the winter season at $385 per 1,000 cubic meters, when prices for energy resources grow.
On October 29, another round of trilateral gas consultations involving Ukraine, the EU and Russia in Brussels lasted for ten hours. The parties agreed to continue the talks on Thursday at 20.00 Moscow time.
Earlier reports said that Gazprom’s delegation had left the negotiations in Brussels and returned to Moscow. Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said that the Russian side was waiting for information on the course of negotiations between the European Commission and Ukraine, including “movements on a bilateral Ukraine-EU protocol” that would envisage financial guarantees from the EU for the payment by Ukraine for Russian gas.
Later Gazprom reported on its Twitter page that the Russian delegation had returned to Brussels to continue trilateral gas negotiations.

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