World Bulletin / News Desk
"Despite all the difficulties in our current relations with Ukraine, we should within reason make concessions," Medvedev told Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Gazprom Chief Executive Alexei Miller.
Gazprom had said Ukraine would be charged $287 per 1,000 cubic metres with no discount in the third quarter. That compares to the $247 charged in the second quarter, including a discount of $100 per 1,000 cubic metres.
Europe gets around a third of its gas needs from Russia and around a half of that comes via Ukraine. Moscow is under Western sanctions for its role in the crisis there, although the Kremlin denies Western accusations it has supporting the rebels with weapons and troops.
Gazprom stopped pumping gas to Ukraine during price disputes in the winters of 2005-2006 and 2008-2009, leading to reduced supplies in European countries that receive Russian gas via pipelines that cross Ukraine.
"We cherish (our) reputation as a reliable gas supplier... This (gas discount) is a serious measure to support the Ukrainian economy," Medvedev said.
Gazprom had announced plans to try to bypass Ukraine as a transit country and has said it would redirect flows to the yet-to-be-built Turkish Stream pipeline after its current transit agreement with Kiev expires in 2019.
"The idea of stopping gas flows via Ukraine after 2019 does not correspond with reality either in terms of costs for new pipelines or in investments needed to upgrade Ukraine's gas pipeline system," a European diplomatic source told Reuters.
"It will be a huge blow to Gazprom's reputation worldwide and with the EU in particular if it terminates supplies via Ukraine."
The diplomatic source said there could be discussions on Ukrainian gas transit - which contributes to the country's budget - in Vienna but that it was not high on the agenda.Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Haziran 2015, 15:48