In order to keep the transit of Russian gas, Ukraine and Russia have to sign two contracts.
During the tripartite talks on the transit of Russian gas to Europe the Ukrainian party will insist on the fact that relations between Ukraine and Russia in this sphere was based solely on the European rules. This was in Brussels before the talks said the Executive Director of Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko.
“Our position is very simple – Ukraine remains a reliable gas transit country, which is able to ensure the transit of gas from Russia to Europe via Ukraine in full compliance with the European rules. Our position is unwavering. We are not willing to go to any special conditions that we had with Russia, effectively enslaving for Ukraine”, – said Vitrenko.
He stressed – in order to extended the transit of Russian gas through the territory of Ukraine, should, at least, two events occur. On the one hand, there must be a contract between Gazprom as the operator of GTS of Russia, and the Ukrainian operator GTS to interested companies can book these facilities, and gas through Ukraine was in transit. On the other hand, there must be a contract for the booking of such facilities by the companies that will receive these volumes of gas.
“The best option for Ukraine that European companies have booked these facilities and buy gas on the border of Ukraine-Russia. Therefore, it can be both Russian gas and gas from Central Asia – Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, or any other, which was in transit through the territory of Russia”, – said the representative of Naftogaz.
According to him, the book such power can and Gazprom as a supplier. But, based on current approaches of the Russian side to these negotiations, the chances of such a scenario, the Ukrainian side is estimated as low.
“We do not expect constructive to this round of talks, because in order to construct was necessary that the experts have developed agreements that could be signed, or at the political level could be agreed. This is a serious issue – gas transit, many technical aspects, it is impossible in the course of a political meeting, where there are Ministers and European Commissioners to resolve all these technical issues,” – said Vitrenko.
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