Gazprom sending gas through Ukraine

Transits across Ukraine in line with contractual obligations.
By Daniel J. Graeber Follow @dan_graeber Contact the Author   |   June 26, 2014 at 8:36 AM
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MOSCOW, June 26 (UPI) -- Russian energy company Gazprom said Thursday it's sent 9.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas through Ukraine within the last 24 hours.

Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said the amount of gas sent across Ukrainian territory was in line with the company's contract with Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz.

The amount of gas delivered through Ukraine has been consistent so far this week, the spokesman said. It's increased, however, from the 6.5 million cubic feet sent across Ukraine on June 18.

Gas shipments to Ukraine were halted June 16 when Gazprom said it needed to be paid in advance by its Ukrainian counterparts.

Gazprom meets about a quarter of the gas demands from Europe, though most of that runs through the Soviet-era transit network in Ukraine. Gazprom says it's owed billions of dollars in outstanding gas debt from Ukraine and similar rows in 2006 and 2009 resulted in gas shortages for Europe.

June meetings between Russian, Ukrainian and European authorities focused on settling the debt issue.

Gazprom says those negotiations are ongoing.

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