"We must understand that Russia has many times confirmed its readiness to cooperate with Ukraine and find a compromise if a similar stance is shown by Ukrainian officials. That is why the presence of contractors with a vague political future make it impossible [for Russia] to come to terms with Ukraine," President of the Open Policy Analytical Center Ihor Zhdanov said at a press conference in the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Friday.
Director of the Sofia Social Studies Center Andriy Yermolayev said that Ukraine making advanced payments for consumed gas is "logical, because it is stipulated by the contract."
On the other hand, the expert said that the Russian Federation is ready to give gas on credit to Ukraine, but only if "political consolidation is seen inside the country."
"Russia is not ready to credit Ukraine with gas, because they can't understand the future of Naftogaz Ukrainy… Whether it's going to be restructured, remain state monopoly or anything else," he said.
Director of the Kyiv Center for Political Studies and Conflictology Mykhailo Pohrebynsky said that "if a broad coalition is formed in Ukraine, the Russians will see a political leader they would be able to come to terms with and we might expect some steps towards compromise in this issue."
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