Ukraine will tell Gazprom to fulfill obligations at talks: Naftogaz

Company officials will inform their Russian counterparts that Ukraine does not agree to cancel gas contracts.

A general view shows the headquarters of Russian gas giant Gazprom in Moscow, Russia June 30, 2016.

Gazprom deputy executive chairman Aleksandr Medvedev said earlier this week that the gas monopoly received confirmation from Naftohaz that the Ukrainian company is prepared to open talks to discuss ending their gas supply and gas transit contracts prematurely.

"But for the transit of gas to Europe through Ukraine at this time there are no risks, if of course, there is no withdrawal from Naftogaz", said the head of Gazprom.

A sudden refusal from Gazprom to resume gas deliveries to Ukraine under the current agreement has given a fresh boost to the ongoing argument among European countries on the Gazprom-led Nord Stream 2 gas export pipeline project across the Baltic to Germany.

"Undoubtedly, the decision to terminate contracts is not a very fast procedure, apparently, it will take a one and a half to two years", the Gazprom CEO said.

Miller added that Ukraine is yet to prove it can become a reliable partner in gas transit.

The Russian company does not intend to "solve the economic problems of Ukraine" at its own expense, Miller stressed.