(QHA) -

Crimea is not going to supply the natural gas to Ukraine for free, Crimean premier Sergey Aksyonov said.  

“We are not going to give our gas to anybody. No doubts about it. On the other hand, we do not claim what does not belong to us,” he told Itar-Tass.

 “If Crimea has an option to sell gas and if this is agreed with Gazprom and the Russian government, we may supply gas to Ukraine’s Kherson (in southeast). However, selling only, no freebies possible here”- he added.

To recall, head of Ukraine's Kherson district, Yuri Odarchenko announced Ukraine would receive natural gas from Crimea to heat the region in 2014-2015.

Crimea secede from Ukraine and joined Russia in March, the move that was not recognized by Kyiv and Western countries.

On June 16, Gazprom cut off gas supplies to Ukraine and said that in future, Kyiv would have to pay in advance for any new supplies of Russian gas.