Russia’s Gazprom has started to directly supply gas to the militant organisations in Donbas, in violation of its contract with NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, news agency Unian reports.
In his turn, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller has said on Friday that the company increased supplies ‘on request from Ukraine’s national energy company Naftogaz’.
“In accordance with an application from Naftogaz of Ukraine, today Gazprom increased its gas supplies to Ukraine, including through the gas measuring stations of Prokhorovka and Platovo,” Gazprom’s press service reported, quoting the chairman.
Gazprom started supplying 12 million cubic meters of natural gas a day from 4:00 p.m. Moscow time (1:00 p.m. GMT) on Thursday through the Prokhorovka and Platovo gas metering stations, which are located on the border between Luhansk and Donetsk regions, on instructions from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, news agency TASS reports A day earlier the Russian PM ordered to prepare proposals on humanitarian natural gas supplies to southeast Ukraine, following a request from the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.
Naftogaz used to supply natural gas to south-east Ukraine using a different route. The company has said it will not pay Gazprom’s bill for gas supplies to the conflict zone. According to its chairman Andriy Kobolev, Ukraine cannot confirm the fact of direct gas supplies of Russian gas to the occupied areas in the Donbas, because there were no representatives of the Ukrainian company at the mentioned gas measuring stations.
Earlier on Friday Andrey Purgin, a representative of the self-proclaimed DNR, said they stopped paying Kyiv for gas.
www.belsat.eu/en, following Unian, TASS