The Regional Gas Company says the Naftogaz of Ukraine national joint stock company can start direct gas supplies to households in any region of Ukraine any time and the national company requires for this no additional powers it is asking from the Cabinet of Ministers. The press service of the Regional Gas Company announced this in a statement citing Regional Gas Company director Oleksandr Prytyka, Ukrainian News Agency reports. Naftogaz commercial director Yurii Vytrenko has called on the Cabinet of Ministers to remove from the gas distribution companies their functions of gas suppliers to households and allow Naftogaz supplying natural gas to end consumers directly. "The statements by top managers of Naftogaz about alleged 'parasitic' role of the current distribution system cause bewilderment and show that the management of the national company does not assess their true capacities to do retail business adequately. This can lead to a number of problems that face some municipal heating companies where Naftogaz is the only supplier of gas," reads the statement. The Regional Gas Company says natural gas supplies to over 13 million households is a complicated business process. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the price of natural gas as a commodity for household, municipal heating companies and religious organizations is regulated by the government.