With the goal of providing real help to the Ukrainian people, there will be deliveries of coal and electricity to Ukraine without prepayment, as an act of goodwill of Russian President Vladimir Putin, TASS was informed by Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov. This confirms reports coming from Ukraine about the beginning of such deliveries.
The news agency TASS quoted Peskov: “President Putin, in spite of everything, as he has repeatedly said, has never turned away from his consistent line on supporting the people of Ukraine or providing, not eventual, but real help in difficult times. In fact, Putin, taking into account the critical situation with energy supply, made this decision yesterday to start these deliveries despite the absence of advance payment, which is the usual precondition.”
“This stands as a consistent demonstration of the political intent of Putin about real assistance to the Ukrainians, particularly on the eve of the New Year,” – said the press secretary.
Earlier, Vice-Premier Dmitri Kozak reported about this decision on channel “Russia-24.”
“We are going to supply 500,000 tons of coal from Russia, and possibly, if there will be an additional apt agreement, a additional 500,000 tons, i.e. we are ready to supply one million tons of coal a month to solve the energy problems that have arisen in the country.” – said Kozak.
[That have arisen since Kiev refuses to buy coal from secessionist Donbass, which was Ukraine’s principal source of coal —tr]
According to the vice-premier, the decision about the deliveries of Russian coal was taken at the request of the Ukrainian leadership. Energy will be supplied on preferential terms, in fact, at domestic Russian prices.
Kozak further expressed the hope that these deliveries will resolve energy-related problems in Crimea.
Today a report about the delivery of Russian coal appeared on the website of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, but was later removed with the explanation that the site had been hacked by unknown persons. It was noted that the “Press Service of the Ministry has not published any such information on its own behalf or on behalf of any other persons or press services.”
Nevertheless, on the site of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a text still appears saying that Ukraine has begun receiving coal and electricity from abroad, which will ensure the functioning of the power plants and the energy system. The site does not specify, however, where these supplies are coming from.
Translated from Russian by Tom Winter for FortRuss.blogspot.com