The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has announced that the government is currently negotiating LNG supplies from Qatar, adding that the diversification of gas suppliers is a matter of national security, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“Hence, we are in the middle of negotiations with the government of Qatar regarding the possibility of purchasing liquefied natural gas from that country. Qatar can soon become an exporter of natural gas to Ukraine. The gas may be shipped through the regasification terminal in Poland, which is already operating. It is very possible for Ukraine to start getting Qatari gas soon,” the Ukrainian president said during an interview with the Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera on 31 May.
However, the Ukrainian president also noted this is just the first stage of the negotiations.
“We have agreed with our Qatari allies to invite our Turkish partners to cooperation. They have provided us with assurances of the possibility of the project to supply Qatari natural gas through Turkey, as well as via Poland. We will be very excited to open the door for Qatari corporations that would allow them to enter the Ukrainian energy market, which would be extremely important. I believe that the implementation of this project would contribute to making our nation stronger and more secure in the energy matters,” the President said.
Furthermore, the President of Ukraine said that the country currently exports circa $8 billion worth of goods and services to the Arab nations every year, meaning that the cooperation with these states is of strategic importance for the Ukrainian economy and foreign policy.
“Hence, Ukraine is looking to acquire the observer status within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. We are proud to be supported by our Arab allies in this matter. We are hopeful that eventually, Ukraine will get such opportunity,” the President Poroshenko explained.