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Ukraine says Russia wants to pump more gas but keeps pressure low

Ukrtranshaz is ready to heed the request provided contract commitments are met.

Ukraine says Russia wants to pump more gas but keeps pressure low
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Russia's Gazprom has sent an application to the Ukrainian gas transport network operator, Ukrtranshaz, to pump 20 per cent more gas to the EU, up to 275m cu.m. per day, Ukrtranshaz has said on its website.

As of 10 a.m. Kyiv time on 9 August, Russia however has not increased pressure to the necessary level in accordance with the contract requirements to pressure at border gas measuring stations, the company said.

Ukrtranshaz said it was ready to heed the request provided that Russia meets its contract commitments, including on gas pressure.

Earlier, the board chairman of the Naftohaz Ukrayiny oil and gas company, Andriy Kobolyev, said that Gazprom was seeking to prove that Ukraine is an unreliable gas transit country. For this, it lowered pressure at the entrance to Ukraine's gas transport system.

In June, Gazprom complained that Ukraine charged too much for gas transit.