Naftogaz's financial plan not taking into account purchase of gas from Gazprom

 The financial plan of national joint-stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy does not take into account the possibility of buying gas from Russia's Gazprom, Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Ihor Nasalyk said in parliament on Friday.

"Regarding the statement of the Naftogaz head about the possibility of buying gas from the Russian Federation... Point one: Naftogaz is not in the sphere of management of the energy ministry. Point two: the head of Naftogaz did not synchronize his statement with the ministry that forms the state policy. Point three: the government approving the Naftogaz's financial plan did not consider the possibility of buying Russian gas," he said.

The minister said that by increasing gas production by PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannia the government plans to nullify any gas imports to cover the needs of households.

"Ukraine succeeded in one year and a half to reduce the imports of gas to 0.9 billion cubic meters for PSO [public service obligations]. And we, developing Ukrgazvydobuvannia, generally consider the possibility that by the end of the year this deficit of 0.9 billion cubic meters will be absent. When setting the price of gas for households ... we will not consider import parity - for PSO we will not need imported gas, and let the commercial structures buy gas where they consider it necessary," he said.