Ukraine has a stronger hand to play at talks with Russia on gas supplies thanks to the fall in oil prices, which has dragged down gas prices, and after showing it can live on less.
Gas stocks in Ukrainian underground gas storage (UGS) facilities decreased by 42.1 percent or 7.041 billion cubic meters between October 20, when the heating season got under way, and January 24, gas pipeline operator Ukrtransgaz said.
Russia at this point is not demanding from Ukraine the repayment of a $3 billion debt, although the payment is due, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Ukraine will issue domestic bonds amounting to 31.5 billion hryvnia ($2 billion) to support state energy firm Naftogaz, a document posted on the government's website said on Jan. 26.
Russian natural gas flows to Ukraine are stable, Ukrainian gas transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz said on Jan. 26.
Ukraine's daily gas imports from the European Union had increased to 42.7 million cubic meters by Jan. 25, Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev has announced.
As warmer spring weather approaches, Ukraine is feeling bold enough to talk tough with Russia on natural gas supplies. The country is willing to cut imports from its eastern neighbor to a minimum this year unless the former allies overhaul their price agreement, the head of Ukraine's state energy company said on Jan. 22 in Davos.
MOSCOW - The Russian gas giant Gazprom has received another $70 million from Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy for gas shipments in January of this year, Gazprom told journalists.
BRUSSELS - Ukraine will be able to import around 40 million cubic meters per day of gas from the European Union because of improved reverse flow capacity from Jan. 23, compared with 31.5 mcm now, European energy chief Maros Sefcovic said in a statement.
WARSAW - Poland plans to build more gas pipelines to link with its neighbours to offload excess from liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports and connect with other grids to the south.
Minsk, January 22 - Belarus will raise the tariffs for the transit of Russian oil by trunk pipelines across its territory by 9.7 percent.
Strasbourg has closed the books on Yulia Tymoshenko's complaint against Ukraine, finding a "friendly settlement." The former prime minister had alleged unfair proceedings against her in 2011 over a gas contract.
MOSCOW - Russia has not provided the European Union with detailed information on its plans to build a gas storage hub at the Turkish-Greek border, Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Vygaudas Usackas said.
LONDON - President Vladimir Putin surprised the world in December when he aborted long-laid plans for a natural gas pipeline under the Black Sea to Europe, saying Russia would run pipes to Turkey instead.
Ukraine reduced the share of Russian gas in overall storage by 33 percent for the first time in history in December 2014 and is capable of reducing it further, up to and including stopping imports of Russian gas if Russia continues the current policy of gas threats, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.
MOSCOW - Ukraine's debt for Russian gas stands at $2.44 billion, Alexei Miller, the chief executive of Russia's Gazprom, told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Jan. 20. Russian news agencies also quoted Medvedev as saying that Russia was prepared to discuss options after a discount price offered to Ukraine expires on April 1.
The chief of Russian gas giant Gazprom says Ukraine's discount "winter price" for natural gas will end on April 1. Gazprom CEO Aleksei Miller said in a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on January 20 that the gas price on April 1 for Kyiv would be set in accordance with a longstanding contract.
GORKI - Russia is still open to discussing various ways of working with Ukraine on energy, but Kyiv has to pay back its debts, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and Energy Minister Alexander Novak.
GORKI - Ukraine owes $2.44 billion on gas contracts as of today and Gazprom has notified its Ukrainian partners of this in writing, the Russian gas giant's CEO, Alexei Miller, said at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
GORKI - Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said that validity of the winter package of discounts for Ukraine for the supplies of Russian gas will end on April 1.