March 2, 2018 / 5:03 PM / a year ago

Ukraine's gas supply will be fully restored within five days: PM

FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman speaks during the annual end-of-year news conference in Kiev, Ukraine December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said on Friday that any deficit in gas supply following a breakdown in relations with Russia’s Gazprom (GAZP.MM) would be compensated with gas from the European market.

Gazprom (GAZP.MM) said earlier it had asked a court to terminate its gas supply and transit contracts with Ukraine after being ordered to pay $2.56 billion to Kiev in a dispute which the EU said could threaten gas flows to Europe.

Ukraine would return to a normal supply of gas within five days, Groysman said in a televised briefing, after Ukraine’s Naftogaz NAFTO.UL signed an urgent gas supply contract with Poland’s PGNiG.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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