Government assures absence of preferences for Russian Federation in Bundestag’s amendment to EU gas directive

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine can challenge gas directive’s exclusions for Russian Federation if they are about to take place
09:52, 14 November 2019

The legislation on implementation of the EU Gas Directive adopted by the Bundestag does not give preferences to Russia during the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline constructing. Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk, as well as his adviser Svitlana Zalishchuk, stated that the law passed by the German parliament meets the requirements of the European directive. Honcharuk reported about it on his Twitter page, Zalishchuk – stated in a commentary for European Pravda.

"The Government of Ukraine welcomes the implementation of the Bundestag of the EU Gas Directive 1: 1. We expect that the independent energy regulator of Germany will also act in strict accordance with the Directive. This position was supported by the European Commission," Honcharuk said.

According to Zalishchuk, a delegation of representatives from the Ministry of Energy, National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and NJSC Naftogaz-Ukraine discussed the implementation of the directive with partners in Berlin on Wednesday.

Related: German government ready to help Nord Stream 2 bypass EU's gas directive, – media

"The German government has assured us that there are no deviations from European rules. The EU directive is implemented without changes. And if the German independent regulator nevertheless provides an exception for the new Russian gas pipeline, we have every chance to challenge the decision, in particular, in the EU court, and we have the support of this position from the European Commission," Zalishchuk said.

As we reported earlier, NJSC Naftogaz-Ukraine achieved the assets freeze for GazAsia Capital S.A., the company that issued Eurobonds of Gazprom company in Japanese Yens. Interfax news agency reported that with the reference to a memorandum of the new issue of Gazprom's Eurobonds.

Stockholm arbitrary obliged the Russian gas monopolist to pay 4.63 billion U.S. dollars for undersupplying the gas volumes for transit across Ukraine. 

Related: Nord Stream 2: Russia continues building political gas pipeline

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