Naftogaz of Ukraine will decrease the purchase of Russian gas from Gazprom by 20% in 2009, UKRINFORM reported, referring to the Vedomosti newspaper. Therefore, Ukraine could buy around 33 billion cubic meters of gas this year.

The gas contract between Naftogaz and Gazprom foresees that Ukraine will buy 40 billion cubic meters of gas this year. The document also envisages that during one quarter, Naftogaz can decrease the amount of gas bought from the Russian company.

Fuel consumption is falling due to the crisis. Ukraine usually consumes around 70 billion cubic meters of gas each year, however, as a result of the crisis, the demand for fuel could fall by 30%, reads the newspaper.

In January 2009, Naftogaz and Gazprom agreed the gas price and signed a gas supply contract until 2019. This year, Ukraine will get Russian gas at a 20% discount on the market-oriented gas price set according to a special formula. Starting from 2010, the country will buy Russian gas without any discounts.


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