The European Commission received a letter from Kyiv, in which the European side is warned about the possible intention of Russia to suspend gas supplies through Ukraine to Europe.
European Commission spokesperson Joe Hennon said this on Friday, when asked whether the Commission had been informed by the Ukrainian side about the possibility of interruption of gas supplies to Europe, Ukrinform reported. "I can confirm that we have received a letter signed by the Energy Minister of Ukraine to European Commissioner for Energy Oettinger. The Commission will continue to assist Ukraine in the current situation, especially in strengthening the security of gas supplies," Hennon said. Among the specific measures he noted assistance by the European side in the reverse gas supplies to Ukraine through Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. "We are working hard on this," he said. As Ukrinform reported, the Russian company Gazprom Export began reporting European partners that gas supplies may be suspended because of the crisis in Russian-Ukrainian relations. In turn, Ukraine's Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Prodan said that if Gazprom from April 1, 2014 increases the gas price for Ukraine above the documented agreements, Ukraine will refuse to pay more than the price fixed by the Kharkiv gas agreement - according to the formula for today, the price cannot exceed $ 386 per 1,000 cubic meters.