"Gazprom has paid 5 to 6 billion dollars for an unsuccessful attempt to stop the reverse gas supplies to Ukraine, says the Agency Interfax citing its own calculations.

Based on the analysis of industry statistics and data sources in monopoly, the experts concluded that about $ 5.5 billion amounted to less revenue for gas supplies in foreign countries, and up to $ 400 million - penalties for failure to supply the nominated purchasers volumes of gas.

This amount exceeds the size of the current debt of Naftogaz of Ukraine, Gazprom is trying to recover in the Stockholm arbitration. According to the Russian gas monopoly, Kiev has not paid the debt for previous deliveries to $ 2.44 billion. At the same time, Naftogaz argues that the Russian side got the money for a larger volume of gas than actually put.

"Gazprom" September 4, 2014 limited the supply of gas to Europe in response to the launch of large-scale reverse from Slovakia to Ukraine. On March 5, 2015, the company is back to 100% operational execution of the buyer's requests.

In October 2014, President Vladimir Putin promised to cut gas supplies to Europe in the case that Ukraine is stealing gas passing through the country of transit.

Due to the inverse (reverse) of Russian gas supplies from several European countries, Ukraine has been trying to compensate for the lack of fuel. With the deficit the country has met once in June 2014 Gazprom has restricted the flow of gas in connection with the failure of Kiev to repay the debts already delivered fuel.

The last time Russia cut supplies to Europe due to gas extraction Kiev in early 2009. Then the situation was resolved by the signing of the agreement between Putin and former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko.