Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Hryhoriy Nemyria claims Ukraine will prevent the breakdown of payments for Russian gas and a new 'gas war' with Moscow.

“Surely, it will be difficult to do ...But Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as before, is going to do her best, to take every effort so that confidence in Ukraine's timely payments is kept,” he said.

The Deputy Premier assured that despite financial troubles Ukraine is facing amid the economic downturn, a conflict between Kyiv and Moscow due to the gas prices and transit will not emerge again.

The halting of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine in January 2009 brought to a head a long-smoldering conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

According to the gas contract between Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz dated January 19, 2009, Naftogaz should pay for Russian gas by the seventh day of the month following the supply month. Otherwise, Naftogaz will have to make payments for gas in advance.

On September 2009, Ukrainian and Russian premiers Tymoshenko and Putin agreed that Ukraine would pay only for the gas really supplied.

NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine has been paying for gas imports in time and in full since the start of 2009.



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