Kiev intends to gradually reduce gas import
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov announced plans to gradually reduce gas import and keep the course of energy independence and efficiency of Ukraine. In parallel, they are continuing negotiations with Russia on reducing prices, BaltInfo reported.
"Ukraine is actually passing to the real policy of energy independence and energy efficiency. We're continuing negotiations with the Russian partners on the abolition of shackling gas agreement (2009), but now we focus on our own forces, domestic resources and the latest technology", Voice of Russia quoted the Prime Minister's words at a government meeting on Wednesday, January 25.
"Ukraine will reduce consumption of expensive imported gas and to produce more own gas, to increase the share of coal in the energy balance, to reduce the energy intensity of production, housing and communal services to the European level", Azarov said.
As recalled by RIA Novosti, Kiev has long been negotiating with Moscow on reducing gas prices. It was earlier reported that Ukraine has declared its intention to cut gas purchases in Russia this year to 27 billion cubic meters instead of 52 billion cubic meters under the contract. In response, the Russian side noted that the time for negotiations on the volumes of fuel for this year already gone, since the annual contract amount may be changed not later than six months prior to supply.