At the time of the signing of the agreement, a special entity 'RosUkrEnergo
' registered in Switzerland was created to serve as the middleman.
Amongst the most problematic outcomes resulting from the renegotiation of 2006 was that the gas contract stipulated that RosUkrEnergo
, a company created by Ukranian President Leonid Kuchma and his Russian counterpart at the time, Vladimir Putin, be the sole operator of Ukraine's gas imports, which meant that Ukraine was contractually bound to a single supplier with ties to Gazprom.
He is also one of the owners of RosUkrEnergo
. Ukrainian version of Forbes magazine estimated his state at $673 million, ranking him 14th on the list of the richest people in Ukraine.
Acompanaron a Firtash el consultor politico Zev Furst y Andras Knopp, exministro hungaro de Cultura y numero dos en la comercial izadora de gas RosUkrEnergo
(RUE), propiedad del magnate y registrada en Suiza.
Russian part in RosUkrEnergo
looks as improper as Ukrainian one.
Legacy issues also arose with a ruling that Naftogaz unlawfully took 11 bcm during the 2009 gas crisis from RosUkrEnergo
(RUE), a gas intermediary company with 50 percent Gazprom ownership.
The financial position of Naftogaz has been considerably worsened by the loss of a UAH11.2bn arbitration ruling in favour of RosUkrEnergo
AG (RUE) in June 2010.
Naftogaz said it will return 12.1 billion cubic metres of gas to RosUkrEnergo
(RUE), a company owned by Gazprom and Ukrainian tycoon Dmytro Firtash, while RUE will redeem $1.7 billion of debt to Naftogaz and $810 million to Gazprom.
The State Customs Service considers that the customs clearance of 11 billion cubic meters of natural gas, earlier owned by RosUkrEnergo
company (Switzerland), in favour of the Naftohaz Ukrainy national joint-stock company in 2009, was unlawful, the State Customs Service said.
Reserves are also now owned by Ukraine, Nemyria noted, rather than by intermediary companies, such as RosUkrEnergo
Upon price negotiations for the 2005 gas and transit fees with then Russian President Vladimir Putin, a shadowy intermediary company RosUkrEnergo
was created as a vehicle through which Russia could use profits from the transaction to fill the pockets of wealthy Ukranian oligarchs, presumably in exchange for political influence and leverage of some form or another within the country's political machinery.
purchased by Ukraine through an intermediary firm, RosUkrEnergo