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Cablegate: Ukraine: Gazprom Reduces Gas to Ukraine by Another

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P 040804Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
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TAGS: EPET ECON ENRG PREL UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: GAZPROM REDUCES GAS TO UKRAINE BY ANOTHER
10%

REF: A. KYIV 469
B. MOSCOW 605

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1. (SBU) On March 3, hours after informing NaftoHaz by
telegram that gas supplies had been reduced by 25%, Gazprom
sent a second telegram announcing an additional 10% reduction
in gas supplies, which Gazprom said brought the total
reduction to 40 million cubic meters (mcm) of gas per day.
NaftoHaz, for its part, calculates that Ukraine's supply has
been reduced by 46 mcm per day. Ukraine's overall household
gas consumption has declined due to warm weather and
presently stands at 150 mcm of gas per day. According to
NaftoHaz chief spokesman Valentyn Zemlyanskiy, NaftoHaz will
use gas reserves from underground storage facilities,
allowing sufficient supplies for Ukrainian consumers for a
month. NaftoHaz assured its European customers that transit
has not been reduced and supplies to Europe remain
unaffected. Meanwhile, NaftoHaz officials are reviewing
Gazprom's latest proposal of a draft agreement in preparation
for continued talks later this week in Moscow.

2. (SBU) Ukraine's First Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr
Turchynov, characterized the current reductions as Russian
political blackmail. Turchynov noted that Ukraine has not
reciprocated with blackmail of their own, despite the fact
that Gazprom is delinquent on transit fees from December
2007, but did not disclose the amount owed. Gazprom
responded that it would gladly pay the transit fees in
question once NaftoHaz provides an official invoice.

3. (SBU) Although President Yushchenko has also refrained
from making comments on the recent reduction, he admonished
PM Tymoshenko to avoid escalating current gas disagreements
into a gas war. Yushchenko also telephoned Putin after the
Russian presidential election to congratulate Putin's
successor. Russian press reports indicated that the two
presidents discussed the gas situation, although details of
the conversation were not revealed.

4. (SBU) In Kyiv, NaftoHaz has turned to the Kyiv Commercial
Court for concurrence on a February 6 Cabinet of Minister's
cancellation of UkrHazEnerho's (UHE) operating license.
Despite the recent gas reduction, NaftoHaz has not backed off
on its demand that the gas intermediary UHE must be finally
eliminated from the gas arrangement, so that NaftoHaz can
regain control of the industrial gas distribution sector and
profits lost to UHE. In an event apparently not directly
related to the current gas disagreement with Russia,
UkrNafta, Ukraine's largest oil company (51% state-owned),
decided to mothball 140 natural gas wells (total extraction
volume of 950 mcm per year) throughout Ukraine. UkrNafta
based its decision on a recent decision by regulators to
reduce their selling price for gas by almost 27%. (Comment:
Although the amount of gas involved is not decisive (about 3
mcm/day), if UkrNafta follows through on its threat, this
will somewhat worsen Ukraine's gas supply situation.)
Taylor

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