Chairman of the board of directors of OAO “Gazprom” Aleksey Miller forecasts a considerable growth of gas prices for Ukraine, he said in the interview.

According to him, since January 1, 2009, all gas purchases from the middle Asia will be made at the average European prices, thus the price for “our Ukrainian partners” will also grow.

“It’s early to announce the price, it will be defined by the European market, but what is clear – a considerable growth is inevitable,” said Miller.

Aleksey Miller said Gasprom doesn’t object to the growth of transit dues considering the growth of gas price. “We agree with such views. Transit dues must reach the European level, but our colleagues should be reminded: under such conditions, pumping of Turkmen gas through Russia for the needs of Ukraine will cost Ukraine more money. No doubt. Mirror situation. And one more question – who will benefit more from the price growth,” said the chairman of the board of directors of the Russian gas monopoly, as Liga reports.

As ForUm reported earlier, first head deputy of the President’s Secretariat Oleksandr Shlapak said Ukraine is ready to negotiations with Russia regarding gas price for 2009.


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