Ukraine's national energy company Naftogaz Ukrainy has asked the government for $1 billion to repay a debt to the trader RosUkrEnergo for supplies of natural gas, a government official said Monday, RIA Novosti reported.

Valentyn Mondryevskiy, a spokesman for Ukraine's prime minister, said the debt also included extra volumes of natural gas pumped into underground storage facilities. Naftogaz is seeking to ally and concerns over the consequences of a possible repetition of a spat in January with Russian energy giant Gazprom by pumping gas into the facilities. Last week, it said it had 5 billion cubic meters out of a planned 23.3 billion cu m in its facilities.

Earlier Ukraine's Fuel and Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov said that Naftogaz debt to RosUkrEnergo stood at $600 million.

RosUkrEnergo is 50% owned by a subsidiary of Russian energy giant Gazprom and the other 50% is held by Austria's Raiffeisen Investment.


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