By the end of this year, Ukraine will buy 27 billion cubic meters of Russian gas, the minister for fuel and energy of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko said after the Cabinet meeting, as ForUm correspondent reports.

Boyko said that at today's Cabinet meeting the predictable balance of gas income and distribution in 2012 was approved, according to which Ukraine plans to buy 27 billion cubic metres of gas by the end of the year. He also added that this year Ukraine plans to keep the volume of gas pumped into the underground reservoirs at the level of the previous year.

As ForUm reported previously, on June 1 the general director of national energy security fund Konstantyn Symonov said that the Ukrainian delay in pumping Russian gas into its underground reservoirs in winter can cause a new "gas war".

In addition, on May 31, the chairman of the "Gazprom" governing Oleksiy Miller said that the deficient gas pumping rate into Ukrainian reservoirs threatens the stable gas supply to Europe next winter.

As a reminder, on May 25, the minister for fuel and energy of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko said that Ukraine takes a principled position in the gas negotiations with Russia and does not intend to give in the national interests.

In January-March 2012 period Ukraine reduced the gas imports from Russia by 2.1 times compared to the same period in 2011 to 8.547 billion cubic metres.

On January 11 the minister for fuel and energy of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko said that in 2012 Ukraine would reduce the Russian gas purchase in half.

ForUm

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