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Ukrainian President Expects Country to Buy Gas at Lower Prices in Future

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Poroshenko claims that the current conditions on which Ukraine purchases gas could allow the country to buy it at a lower price in the future.

KIEV (Sputnik) – The current conditions on which Ukraine purchases gas could allow the country to buy it at a lower price in the future, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Saturday.

"Nine months ago Europe and the whole world were putting pressure on us to pay $385 [per 1,000 cubic meters of gas]. Today we are paying $248…and buying as much as we need. I think the tariffs will grow lower," Poroshenko told a Ukrainian television channel.

The president pointed out that currently Ukraine was receiving more than half of the total volume of gas from the European Union, not from Russia.

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Earlier this week, Ukraine signed a short-term deal with Russia to buy gas at the price of $248 per 1,000 cubic meters for the period of three months until a permanent solution to the gas issue was found.

The so-called winter package of Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine expired on March 31 but Russian authorities agreed to extend it. During the winter months, Ukraine was paying $329 per 1,000 cubic meters, which was a $100 discount from the previous price.

On Saturday, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz requested Russia to sell 1 billion cubic meters of gas to Ukraine in April. Kiev paid Russia's Gazprom $30 million for April gas supplies.

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