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Russia's Gazprom pays $2.9B to Ukraine's Naftogaz

  • 28 Dec 2019

Gazprom said Naftogaz of Ukraine has confirmed receipt of $2.918 billion in compensation from Gazprom in compliance with the 2018 Stockholm Arbitration's award.

Gazprom logo is seen on a gas processing column under construction at Amur gas processing plant, part of Power Of Siberia project outside the far eastern town of Svobodny, in Amur region, Russia November 29, 2019. ( Reuters Archive )

Russia's state-owned energy company Gazprom paid on Friday $2.9 billion natural gas compensation to Naftogaz, the national oil and gas company of Ukraine.

"Naftogaz of Ukraine has confirmed receipt of $2.918 billion in compensation from Gazprom in compliance with the 2018 Stockholm Arbitration's award. Thus, in total, based on the results of the [gas] transit arbitration, Naftogaz received $5 billion from Gazprom," the company said in a statement.

The amount paid by Gazprom included payments of the awarded compensation, which was $2.56 billion, and interest accumulated after the announcement of the decision February 28, 2018.

"Naftogaz welcomes the recognition by the Russian side of the need to comply with the 2017-2018 arbitration awards and its intention to continue transporting gas to the EU through Ukraine. The parties continue negotiations on the terms of further cooperation after the current contract [with Gazprom] expires on January 1, 2020," it said.

In 2014, Gazprom and Naftogaz went to an arbitration court in Stockholm for a gas transit contract, where a lawsuit was ruled in favor of the Ukrainian company.

Following months of tense talks and ahead of the looming 10-year gas transit contract deadline, the two ex-Soviet countries last week signed a protocol of agreements on the continuation of transit of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine.

On December 20, Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement “in principle” on a new gas transit contract, but negotiations on the details will continue, officials said.

The two companies are expected to sign a five-year Moscow-Kiev gas agreement before the end of 2019.

Russia and Ukraine have been at loggerheads since 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula after a controversial referendum.

Turkey, as well as the UN General Assembly, view the annexation as illegal.

Ukraine also blames the Kremlin for separatist violence in Donbas, a region in eastern Ukraine that borders Russia.

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