The expert said the main increase of gas prices in Ukraine

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The main increase of gas price for population in Ukraine will be in the second half of 2019, after the presidential elections in the country, says a leading researcher at the Institute of social Sciences of Ranepa Sergey Bespalov.

On Tuesday, the head of «Naftogaz» Andrew KOBOLEV said that the government of Ukraine in the negotiations with the IMF reached an agreement in principle to gradually increase gas prices for population to the level of import parity until April 2020. KOBOLEV also said that the growth rate of gas prices is now being discussed. The increase in gas prices for the population — one of the requirements of the IMF to provide Ukraine the next credit. The national Bank of Ukraine expects increase in tariffs for gas for consumers by 25% this year and by 15% in 2019.

«This decision (to raise prices gradually — ed.) is interpreted by far — the main price increases will occur in the second half of 2019, after the presidential election,» said Bespalov RIA Novosti.

Bespalov also expressed the view that the increase in gas prices «will not add popularity to the authorities», but since this is not the first such a shock for the population, it is unlikely that this will have a serious impact on the situation in the country.

Presidential elections will be held in Ukraine in the spring of 2019. Current President Petro Poroshenko is not yet officially declared his intention to run for a second term. The leader of presidential rating for several months, remains the leader of the party «Fatherland» Yulia Tymoshenko, who has previously stated its intention to participate in the presidential race.

The IMF mission is working in Kiev, 6-19 September. The four-year program of IMF with the use of the extended financing facility (EFF) provides for the allocation of Ukraine 17.5 billion dollars. In March 2015, was transferred the first tranche of $ 5 billion, in August of the same year the second tranche of $ 1.7 billion. In 2016 and 2017 Ukraine has received one tranche of $ 1 billion each. The Ukrainian authorities expect to receive the fifth tranche by the end of 2017, but he is still not highlighted. Now Kyiv expects to receive tranche this year.