Gas supplies to Donbas by Gazprom are within framework of Stockholm arbitration – Kobolev
National joint-stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy hopes that the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce will make a decision regarding supplies of gas by Russia's Gazprom to uncontrolled areas of Donbas in the lawsuit concerning the gas supply contract, Naftogaz Head Andriy Kobolev told reporters in Kyiv on Tuesday.
"The issue of gas supplies to Donetsk and Luhansk is subject to the gas supply contract, and it is heard by the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. We took a position that without this decision it is impossible to solve the entire lawsuit. I cannot give more details," he said.
As reported, according to a report of Gazprom, in 2016 the company supplied 2.4 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas to the occupied areas of Donbas, and in Q1 2017 the company increased supplies to 1.11 bcm. Gazprom has been supplying gas to these areas since February 2015 via the Prokhorovka and Platovo gas metering stations on the border with Russia.
Naftogaz said several times that the company will pay only for ordered and accepted gas, while gas supplies to the occupied areas declared by Gazprom were not ordered. Naftogaz does not accept gas under the contract with Gazprom at the Prokhorovka and Platovo gas metering stations.