Thanks to gas supplies from Europe Ukraine has already saved $500 mn, Naftohaz head Andry Kobolev told Ukrayinska Pravda Sept. 23.

“But for European supplies, we would have paid Russia $500 mn more,” the official said.

“This year by cutting its supplies Russia Gazprom has taken unprecedented steps to pressure EU countries not to resell gas to Ukraine, Kobolev said.

“We expect even more drastic measures by Russia against Ukraine. We do not rule out the suspension of gas transit to Europe,” he said.

The only way out for Ukraine is to impose strict austerity measures, he said.