Russian $7 billion gas bill dampens Ukraine's glee at shale deal

Print version
Jan. 26, 2013, 8:15 p.m. | Ukraine — by Reuters

The chief executive of Ukraine's state gas company Naftogaz, Oleg Dubina (L), and the chief executive officer of Russian energy giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller (R), sign on January 19, 2009 a 10-year agreement to provide Russian gas for the Ukrainian market as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (C) watches with his Ukrainian counterpart Yulia Tymoshchenko in Moscow. The agreement continues to cause reverberations. Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year prison sentence for signing the deal, which obligated Ukraine to purchase certain amounts of gas each year.


  Russia has slapped a $7 billion bill on Ukraine for imports of gas it says Kiev was committed to buy last year but never took, a Ukrainian energy industry source said on Saturday.

Announcement To Readers

Since 1995, the Kyiv Post has been the world's window on Ukraine. Please support the newspaper’s quality, independent journalism with a digital subscription. Subscribers receive unlimited access to all stories, archives and PDFs from the Kyiv Post's staff writers and news services.
More info.

12 months
1 month
$50.00Pay $20.00Pay
The Kyiv Post is disabling its online comment section due to an increase in trolls, violent comments and other personal attacks. Other news organizations worldwide have taken similar steps for the same reasons. The Kyiv Post regrets having to take this action. The newspaper believes in a robust public debate, but the discussion must be constructive and intelligent. For the time being, the Kyiv Post will allow comments on its moderated Facebook group The newspaper will consider hosting online comments again when circumstances allow. Thank you from the Kyiv Post.


© 1995–2015 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.