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Ukraine can do without Russian gas in 2016 - minister

Gas imports will go down to 11-13bn cu.m. in 2016.

Ukraine can do without Russian gas in 2016 - minister
Volodymyr Demchyshyn
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Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn has said that Ukraine needs not more than 11-13bn cu.m. of imported gas in 2016, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

He added that this volume can be received via reverse supplies from Europe. "The reverse capacity is sufficient to pump in this volume," he said.

Currently, Ukraine receives 40m cu.m. of gas a day via reverse supplies and takes another 90m cu.m. from underground storage facilities.

Demchyshyn expects an agreement on gas supply with Russia to be reached "by the end of March".

In 2015, Ukraine imported 10.3bn cu.m. of gas from the EU and 6.1bn cu.m. from Russia in 2015.