Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz Ukrainy said it didn't take any Russian natural gas bound for the European Union this month, rebuffing earlier comments from its neighbor.
Russian gas shipments were short by 24 million cubic meters a day when they reached Ukraine's eastern border over a three-week period, Naftogaz said Monday. Deliveries averaged 110 million cubic meters a day in that time, it said.
Naftogaz fulfilled its transit obligations, Naftogaz's deputy chief executive Vadym Chuprun said in a statement. Gazprom said on Feb. 2 that Ukraine was taking "significantly" more fuel than contracted. Russia reduced gas exports to parts of Europe in early February during a spell of freezing weather, according to the EU.