Ukraine has enough assets to produce electricity and there’s no need to import energy from Russia, said Volodymyr Demschyshyn, Ukraine’s Minister of Energy and Coal Production (Interfax-Ukraine).
The official underlined that the reason why there are no power supplies from Russia is that Ukraine doesn’t require them, not because Russia refused to provide them.
Previously, Russian media reported that the Kremlin will not extend the contract on power supplies to Ukraine, since it was initially connected to the agreement about the supplies from Ukraine to Crimea, which is now invalid.
As is known, previously, Russian President Vladimir Putin charged to conduct the “electricity poll” among the residents of Crimea, before signing the contract on power supplies to the peninsula. The poll was conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre. By its estimates, about 93 percent of the surveyed residents of Crimea said no to energy supplies from Ukraine.
Ukraine ceased to buy Russian electricity in November 2015. The majority of the supplies were sent to Ukraine during the period from January through April.