Russian gas giant Gazprom confirmed Friday that it has received a new prepayment of 15 million U.S. dollars from Ukraine for its gas supply to the country.
“We received another 15 million dollars from Naftogaz (Ukraine state gas company). This means that supplies till the end of the next week have been paid for,” Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency.
It was the fifth prepayment for gas supply to Ukraine that Gazprom has received so far this month.
Earlier this week, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Russia may discuss natural gas discount for Ukraine after the expiry of the previously clinched “winter package.”
Under the current package, which will expire on March 31, Kiev pays Russia 329 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic meters in the first quarter of 2015, which is 100 dollars per 1,000 cubic meters below the market price.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said that Kiev is expected to discuss a “summer package” on natural gas supplies with Russia and the EU in Brussels on Friday. Enditem