According to the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), consumer prices for gasoline rose 24% over the week of June 30-0,1.
According to experts from TsIPRE, the Russian Fuel Union and the Energy Security Fund, growth in motor fuel is currently far from inflation, and regulators continue to monitor motor fuel prices.
At the beginning of the week, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that if oil companies “play up” without an agreement on stabilizing the fuel market, they will pay for it.
Earlier, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said that the increase in gas prices for the first half of 2019 was 2,3%, and for diesel fuel - 0,5%, which is significantly lower than the inflation rate. According to the Federal State Statistics Service, weekly inflation in Russia from June 25 to July 1 accelerated to 0,2%, while gasoline prices rose by 0,1%, and diesel fuel prices remained virtually unchanged.
The president of the Russian Fuel Union, Yevgeny Arkusha, explained that the agreement between the oil industry and the Russian government, with the completion of which many today associate the future increase in fuel prices, was not directly related to retail prices. He emphasized that the agreement fixed certain indicative wholesale prices, above which prices in each region could not rise. “At the same time, each region had its own price set based on current retail prices. And retail prices - there was a protocol record of the meeting of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak that the price increase for gas stations and oil companies would be within inflation. Independent gas stations kept prices in a similar way, ”he said.
Arkusha also noted that the termination of the agreement does not directly affect retail prices. “This means that we have lost indicative wholesale prices. For most regions, this does not matter, because the damper worked. If you remember the beginning of the year when our export was closed, the domestic market was oversaturated, and this led to a decrease in wholesale prices. In April, export restrictions were lifted, domestic prices quickly went up, but the damper worked and the supply and demand balance exists, and prices do not change much in all regions except the Far East. There are still problems there. The regulator is trying to solve this problem, ”said the president of the Russian Fuel Union.
The average cost in Russia per liter of gasoline by July 1 increased by 4 kopecks. and amounted to 44,47 rubles. The price of a liter of gasoline AI-92 and AI-95 increased by 4 kopecks. up to 42,17 rubles and 45,52 rubles, respectively. Diesel fuel went up by 2 kopecks. up to 46,08 rubles.
The increase in gasoline prices over the past week was recorded in 48 centers of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, the most notable - in Salekhard and Irkutsk by 1,8% and 1,3% respectively. In St. Petersburg, prices rose by 0,1%.
A decrease in gas prices was observed in 2 centers of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Over the past week, gas prices in Moscow fell by 0,1%, in Kyzyl - by 0,3%. At the observed Moscow gas stations, a liter of gasoline of the AI-92 brand cost from 38,90 to 43,93 rubles, of the AI-95 brand from 41,90 to 48,98 rubles. In St. Petersburg, AI-92 grade gasoline could be purchased from 41,10 to 43,04 rubles, AI-95 grade from 44,60 to 47,41 rubles.
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