Alexey Miller, CEO of Russian energy company Gazprom, headed a briefing session dedicated to Gazprom’s activities this winter with a special focus on the contracts for gas supply to Ukraine and its transit to Europe. Miller stressed that the 10-year agreement – “historic documents” – which was signed in 2009 between Russia and Ukraine “was effective under different governments in Ukraine (…) and (therefore) will determine the cooperation between Gazprom and Naftogaz of Ukraine in the gas sector until late 2019.” As a result the “Winter Package” agreed in Brussels in October 2014 and that offered a temporary discount on behalf of Russia of $100 per one thousand cubic meters of gas will be replaced by the above-mentioned agreement when the Winter Package expires on April 1, 2015.
“Gazprom has cooperated and will go on cooperating with Ukraine in accordance with the existing contracts for gas supply and transit,” stated Miller. The stance had been first made official the day before on the occasion of Miller’s meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. “The discount ends on April 1 and later on all terms and conditions of the existing contracts remain valid, so the cornerstone agreements backing up the gas cooperation between Russia and Ukraine should determine the price,” confirmed Medvedev. In December 2014, his Ukrainian counterpart Arseniy Yatsenyuk said any decisions taken by Russia about Ukraine – including Gazprom – are “political in nature.” Yatsenyuk said his satisfaction about the Winter Package but did not elaborate further about what happens next, only explaining that Ukraine would continue diversifying its gas supply of which 60 per cent now come from the European Union.