Energy Minister admits possibility of gas contract with Russia according to EU prices indicator

Oleksiy Orzhel ruled out the possibility of concluding a gas contract with Russia at a special, “political price”
17:25, 30 November 2019
Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel said that it is possible to reach an agreement with Gazprom on direct gas supplies to Ukraine, but the price should be tied to the European indicator. He explained this on the air of Freedom of Speech talk show on Ukrayina TV channel.
“I admit (the possibility of an agreement with the Russian Federation on direct deliveries - ed.) ... When we speak now with the Russian side, this is a clear and honest position: we say that if we can agree on direct deliveries, in a package with transport, because this is how Russia raises the question, such a condition. Then the price must be tied to the European indicator, ”the minister said.
According to him, this means that Ukraine needs such a price for gas, which according to the formula will correspond to the market price of Europe. At the same time, he ruled out the possibility of concluding a gas contract with the Russian Federation at a special, “political price”.
Orzhel added that Ukraine is interested in concluding an agreement on the transit of Russian gas, but Russia “sets additional conditions.”
The Minister noted that the Russian Federation proposes to sign a contract for gas transit to the European Union through Ukraine as part of a “package solution”, linking a transit contract with volumes, direct deliveries.
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