The government did not support the idea of free prices at the gas station

the Russian government did not support the proposal of the owners of small networks of stations to introduce free prices for automobile fuel.

These small gas stations sell only a fifth of the road fuel in the country. Large, vertically integrated oil companies providing the fuel, ranging from oil extraction to its processing, sell the remaining 80% of automotive fuel through its network of stations. The average retail price of gasoline in Russia, according to the latest statistics, almost unchanged, from 22 to 28 June for a week the cost of gasoline rose by 5 cents compared to the previous week to 45.18 rubles per liter, and the price of diesel fuel rose by 3 kopecks to 47,88 rubles per liter.

the Stability of prices provide measures of the government, including the mechanism of “damper”.

Previously, Independent of the fuel Union, which unites small network of filling stations, sent a letter with a proposal to regulate the price of fuel. The proposal was discussed by the energy Ministry, Federal Antimonopoly service, the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of economic development and the Ministry of transport.

the ministries and agencies rejected the proposals NTS. The energy Ministry has sent a letter to the head of the Independent fuel Union Pavel Bazhenov with the answer, that pause before the end of the year of validity of the so-called damper, which regulates prices.

Russia has no direct link fuel prices to the price of oil. Therefore, the Russian gas station, the price may not change when the world oil price decreases. Conversely, when the price of oil reaches a record high, the cost of fuel at filling stations should not grow above inflation. For this the government pays oil payment: if the wholesale price of gasoline and diesel fuel in the country is higher than the average export price.

This is the damper. May exchange the cost of fuel in Russia began to grow, and at the end of June reached all-time highs. Furthermore, stock prices for wholesale deliveries of gasoline have updated the record several days in a row. This happened after as during the quarantine, production of fuel has decreased in the country, and after the lifting of restrictions of mobility demand rose sharply. Major oil companies continued to supply fuel for its gas stations (80% of total demand in the country) at prices that do not grow above inflation. And small gas stations have to buy on the exchange the fuel, which in small quantities is supplied by the oil companies. As assured in the Ministry of energy, fuel availability on the exchange will soon rise to the level of demand.