"As for the issue of gas prices, this condition was included in the program. It remains very important," he said.
Alier said that it was necessary to take such a step to reduce the expenditures of the state budget on supporting Naftogaz Ukrainy.
He said that the IMF had agreed on the need to protect the poor from rising energy prices, but is against subsidizing people who can pay for gas at higher prices. In this regard, he recalled that the Ukrainian government had pledged to raise gas prices by 50% in April 2011, but subsequently these requirements had been relaxed.