Speaking at ‘Conductors of Changes’ forum of directors, Andrey Kolobov, Naftogaz Board Chairman, said Ukraine may completely stop importing Russian gas.

“I think we can safely say we will be able to do without Russian gas in 2016,’ he said.

It should be noted that Kolobov made this statement against the backdrop of a meeting of Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov in Turkmenistan, during which the latter said Turkmenistan is prepared to supply more energy resources to Ukraine.

“We are ready to increase energy supplies to Ukraine and do joint projects in this area,” said the Turkmen President.

The statement is a further indication of Ukraine’s commitment to do away with its dependence on Russia for energy and diversify its energy supplies.

It was reported earlier that Ukraine purchased only 30% of the total imported amount of gas from Russia, whereas the remaining 70% was delivered via alternative pipelines from Europe.