The Ministry of energy assured that gas transit to Europe is not threatened
Russia will continue to supply gas to Europe via Ukraine and gas transit threatens nothing to the termination of contracts between “Gazprom” and “Naftogaz”.
About it reports Reuters with reference to Ministry of energy of the Russian Federation.
On Saturday, the head of the Ministry of energy Alexander Novak spoke on the phone with the Vice-President of the European Commission on energy Union Maros Sefcovic.
The Russian Minister assured that the gas transit to Europe remains reliable.
Ukrainian GTS continues to deliver gas to Europe, despite the demarche of “Gazprom”
Recall Russian Gazprom refused to supply gas to Ukraine from March 1 and returned the paid money. According to the decision of the Stockholm arbitration, Ukraine has to buy every year in Russia (up to 2019, when the end of the contract) 4 billion cubic meters of gas (earlier it was 50 billion cubic meters). If Naftogaz buys gas, then automatically applies the formula of “take or pay” – that is, Kiev needs to pay even those amounts that have not bought. Therefore, “Naftogaz” and waited for the final decision of the arbitration, which was announced on 28 February to begin the compulsory purchase.
In “Naftogaz” noted that the refusal of Gazprom to supply gas automatically means that during 2018 to Ukraine will not be subject to “take or pay”.
Later “Gazprom” has declared that not only breaks with Ukraine all contracts for the supply of gas and its transit through Ukraine to Europe. Then “Gazprom” has declared that will not stop the transit of gas through Ukraine “right now”.
The Ukrainian authorities and the leadership of “Naftogaz” called ukraintsev zhostko to save gas for a few days. Where possible have switched to alternative fuels, forced vacations sent kindergartens, schools and universities. Ukrainian officials have constantly been assured that the situation is under control – just everything together it should be savings.
Later it became known that Ukraine have agreed on gas supplies with the Polish company PGNiG. In “Naftogaz” noted that already started to pump gas from Europe.
Video”Gazprom” declared intention to terminate the contract with Ukraine
And on the transit of gas to Ukrainian pipelines in the EU. The head of “Gazprom” Alexei Miller said that the decision made in Russia because of the verdict of the Stockholm arbitration, which was ordered to pay “Naftogaz” $ 4.5 billion compensation.
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