Naftogaz of Ukraine appealed to the Court of Appeals in Sweden, which on June 13 issued the order on suspending the procedure of enforcement of Stockholm arbitration court ruling upon the petition of the Russian monopolist – Gazprom, Chief Commercial Officer of Naftogaz of Ukraine Yuri Vitrenko wrote in Facebook.
“Today, we appealed to the Court of Appeals of Sweden, which considers the appeal of the arbitration court ruling. As opposed to the arbitration court, the rules of which forbid the publicity, the appeal to the Court of Appeals, is usually public. That is why everybody, who wants, may read it – there is a lot of interesting there. Naftogaz of Ukraine also wins this fight. It will not be easy and that is why we ask for support”, he informed.
It should be reminded that in December 2017, Naftogaz won the Stockholm arbitration court against Gazprom on the gas supply contract in virtually all controversial issues. The court proceedings between companies started back in June 2014.
Then, on February 28, 2018, Naftogaz won Stockholm arbitration court against Gazprom on the most disputed provisions of the gas transit contract. The arbitration court satisfied Naftogaz claims regarding the compensation for undersupplied gas volumes for transit. The court obligated Gazprom to pay Naftogaz the compensation, amounting to $4.6 bln on this provision. The final amount of settlements between companies is $2.6 bln in favor Naftogaz.
On March 2, Gazprom started termination of contracts with Naftogaz for gas supply and transit in the Stockholm arbitration court.
On May 28, it became known that Gazprom filed petition to the court of appeals on the full reversal of the arbitration court decision on transit contract.
Meanwhile, on June 13, Gazprom stated that it achieved suspension of its asset seizure. According to the Russian monopolist, the Swedish Svea Court of Appeals satisfied its petition and issued the ruling on suspending the enforcement of Stockholm arbitration court ruling, dated 28 February 2018 under the contract of gas transit through Ukraine. In its turn, Naftogaz stated that the court ruling is temporary and was approved without hearing the company’s position. The petition was issued by Gazprom on June 7 due to Naftogaz attempts to enforce collection of $2.6 bln from the Russian company.