The state Department urged Ukraine to raise gas prices

The state Department urged Ukraine to raise gas prices

The acting U.S. Secretary of state John Sullivan met with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and urged Kiev to raise the gas prices, and create anti-corruption court.

This was reported to journalists by the representative of the state Department Heather Nauert, reports RIA Novosti.

“He called on Ukraine to redouble its efforts for reforms and compliance programs of the International monetary Fund,” she explained.

Nauert said that the conversation took place April 21 on the sidelines of the meeting of the foreign Ministers of the “big seven” in Toronto.

One of the requirements of the IMF to continue cooperation with Kiev — increasing gas prices.

The Fund explained it by the fact that the difference in fuel prices on the Ukrainian market is the cause of corruption and wasteful consumption.

For example, speculators can buy gas prices for households, and then sell more to businesses. In addition, the IMF believes that cheap fuel benefits “rich people with large houses”, and the alignment of prices would get them more revenue.