MOSCOW, June 2 Ukraine's state oil and gas
company Naftogaz said on Monday it has sent Russian gas producer
Gazprom a draft proposal with amendments to an
existing natural gas supply contract between the two neighbours.
"The supplemental agreement provides for amendments to the
terms of the contract in terms of price, volume and conditions
of supply of natural gas," the heavily indebted Ukrainian
company said in a statement, without providing more details.
Gazprom has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine if
Naftogaz fails to pay some of its $3.5 billion debt for imported
Naftogaz said in the statement it paid Gazprom on May 30
$786.3 million for February-March supplies, and hence, "fully
paid for the supply of natural gas to Ukraine for the first
quarter of 2014 at the price of $268.5 for 1,000 cubic metres".
Russia's energy minister has said Moscow and the European
Union have proposed that Kiev pay Gazprom $2 billion by May 30,
and another $500 million before June 7, as a precondition for a
price discount and further talks.
The fourth round of talks between Ukraine, the European
Union and Russia are scheduled for later on Monday.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Lidia Kelly;
Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)