Gazprom stops issuing bills for gas shipped to occupied Donbas, but continues to 'write off' odd sums on this

Russia's Gazprom has stopped issuing invoices to NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine for natural gas supplied to the occupied areas of Donbas, but continues to "write off" odd sums on this, Naftogaz's press service has said.

"Gazprom has stopped sending us bills for the gas shipped to the uncontrolled territories, but the volume of the gas supplies has increased and is mentioned in their reports. Any sums could be written off as the gas supplied to the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. On the Russian side, the supplies are controlled by Gazprom alone, but there is nobody who does it on the Ukrainian side," the press service said.

Naftogaz says "some colleagues are still mistaken, believing that Gazprom is guided only by business logic."

"We are very fond of listening to German colleagues who say that Gazprom is a commercial company, commercial, but politically motivated," Naftogaz said.

As reported, Gazprom released its reports on Tuesday. They indicated that in the first quarter of 2018 the company supplied 1.242 billion cubic meters of gas to the occupied areas of Donbas. It is compared to 1.109 billion cubic meters in the same period of 2017.