BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — According to the source, Gazprom's gas prices for Ukrainian consumers were by 3.5-6 percent lower than those of the European hubs starting from the second half of 2016.
"It is expected that this tendency will continue in the beginning of 2017," the source said.
Ukraine did not pump enough gas into its underground gas storage facilities in summer, and the gas reserves by the beginning of the heating season amounted to about 14.5 billion cubic meters, compared to 17.1 billion cubic meters last year, the source noted.
According to the source, Ukraine makes gas transit through its territory economically unattractive, since the tariffs are higher than those in the neighboring Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, while the transportation of gas to the European consumers through the Nord Stream 2, Turkish Stream gas pipeline projects and existing pipelines bypassing Ukraine is still cheaper.
The gas talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission were held in Brussels on Friday.