Hungary has signed a new long-term contract with the Russian concern Gazprom for the supply of gas bypassing Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated that they were disappointed with this decision, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reports.
“We are surprised and disappointed by Hungary's decision to sign a new long-term contract with the Russian concern Gazprom on September 27, 2021 in Budapest for the supply of gas bypassing Ukraine,” the statement reads.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry considers the signing of this contract exclusively “a political, economically unreasonable decision taken in favor of the Kremlin and to the detriment of the national interests of Ukraine and Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.”
In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine initiated the postponement of the meeting of the joint intergovernmental Ukrainian-Hungarian commission on economic cooperation under the co-chairman of the foreign ministers of the two countries, which was scheduled for September 29-30.
As it was reported earlier, in the beginning of September it became known that construction of the Russian Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline is completely finished. The operator of the Nord Stream-2 project wants to put the gas pipeline into operation by the end of 2021.
In this regard, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky created a working group to develop proposals for certain threats in the field of security and energy in connection with the construction of main gas pipelines bypassing Ukraine.