Ukraine has fully fulfilled its duties on the transit and purchase of Russian gas according to the contracts signed in January, President's Envoy on Energy Security Bohdan Sokolovsky has stated, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

On the other hand, taking onto account the inability of the cabinet to properly protect Ukrainian interests, the head of the state has to personally oversee this issue, he said, quoted by the presidential press service on Thursday.

Sokolovsky recalled an incident in early June, when several hours before the May gas payments deadline, the president had to hold an emergency meeting at which officials from the National Bank of Ukraine and Naftogaz decided to use the NBU reserves to cover the debts.

Sokolovsky said that the situation could be repeated: the July 7 deadline is near and Naftogaz Ukrainy still doesn't have enough money.

"Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko urges the cabinet, the Naftogaz Ukrainy officials and parliament to take measures to cover the gas debts for June and next periods. The situation demands professional decisions and action, not just talk," Sokolovsky said.


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