BERLIN, September 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russia could deliver 5 billion cubic meters of gas to Ukraine at $385 per 1,000 cubic meters under a plan proposed at the trilateral gas talks in Berlin, according to European Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger.
"The sums discussed range between $258 and $485 per 1,000 cubic meters," Oettinger said Friday, adding that Russia would supply Ukraine 5 billion cubic meters of gas, following Ukraine's payment of $2 billion to Russia’s Gazprom, at a price of $385 per 1,000 cubic meters.
The statement came amid fears of potential troubles with gas transit via Ukraine, which was switched by Russia’s energy giant Gazprom to a prepayment system over Kiev’s gas debt that is estimated to be in excess of $5 billion.
Gas price has been a stumbling block in the long-running gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine.
Russia has offered Ukraine a gas price of $385 per thousand cubic meters for the period of consideration of the mutual claims of Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz, but Kiev insists that it is too high and refuses to clear its debt.