National joint stock company Naftogaz of Ukraine is in talks with the German energy concern RWE on Russian gas imports from Europe to Ukraine in a reverse order, which would be cheaper than buying gas directly from Russia.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said this in an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt, UKRINFORM reports.

"Naftogaz wants to buy Russian gas from the German RWE in the so-called reverse order," he said.

At the same time, the head of the Ukrainian government noted that Kyiv still hopes to sign a new gas deal with Russia. "Otherwise we will really buy Russian gas from a German company, which would be cheaper than directly from Russia. And it would be a paradox," he said. In this context, the Prime Minister reminded that Ukraine paid $1.2 billion for the Russian gas delivered in February.

According to Azarov, because of "unfair" high prices for Russian gas, Ukraine is forced to seek alternative sources. In particular, it is planned to build a terminal for liquefied natural gas in the Black Sea. "We have already reached agreement with the Spanish firm Socoin on preparing a relevant study," he said. However, the Prime Minister added, this takes getting Turkey's permission for the passage of tankers with liquefied gas through Bosporus Strait. The transportation of gas from Azerbaijan via the Black Sea is also considered as an alternative, but for this, he noted, Azerbaijan should build a plant for liquefying natural gas.

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