3 Sep 2009 13:50

Naftogaz to pay $667 mln to Gazprom for August gas

MOSCOW. Sept 3 (Interfax) - Ukraine's state gas company Naftogaz will pay on time and in full for gas supplied by Russia's Gazprom in August 2009, Ukraine's acting finance minister, Ihor Umansky said.

"We must pay $667 million for this month [August]," he told journalists in Kyiv on Thursday.

He also said that Naftogaz was currently collecting the funds required to make the payments.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said that Naftogaz had paid $605 million for gas supplied by Gazprom in July 2009.

Naftogaz has said the July and August gas supply volumes were roughly identical at approximately 3.3 billion cubic meters.