“Kiev has called the conditions of resuming gas purchases from Russia

The government of Ukraine do not exclude that will return to purchase from “Gazprom”, if the metering point transit will take on the Eastern border of the country

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– To purchase natural gas directly from Gazprom in the existing format of relations is risky, however, the transfer to Europe of Russian gas on the border with Russia could change the situation, said Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion.

“Never say never. (. . .) If we moved the metering point for transit on the Eastern border, this option (direct gas purchases from Gazprom – if) could be considered”, – he said in an interview with the “Economic truth” published on Monday.

Commenting on the assessment that Russian gas is cheaper than purchased by Ukraine in Europe, Kistion said that “free cheese is only in a mousetrap”.

“We can analyze the previous experience, when we were tied attractive terms, and then solved all their issues,” he said.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said earlier that Kiev will make efforts to ensure that the purchase of Russian gas to Europe after 2019 was transferred from the Western to the Eastern border of the country.

“Due to the fact that the contract ends in 2019, our goal with the help of the European Union to achieve revolutionary changes in the organization of transit”, – he said in September of this year. According to him, Ukraine needs to provide transit services is not Russia, and the European Union.

“Naftogaz” has stopped the direct purchase of gas from “Gazprom” almost 2 years ago.

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