Ukraine is not yet ready to return to direct gas supplies from the Russian Federation and intends to do so only within the pan-European energy market and according to its rules. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmitry Kuleba, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"I believe that we are 'not yet ripe' for a return to direct supplies. But the question is not even that. My goal as Vice Prime Minister for European Integration is to operate Ukraine's gas market solely on the basis of European Union norms, the Third energy package, and for our energy to be integrated into the European energy. It is not stated in the EU's rules that you should not buy gas from a certain country," Kuleba stated.
According to him, the question is that the Russian Federation would never use gas as a tool of blackmail or corruption of national elites again, as it was in all previous years of independence before 2014.
"Therefore, when we create an integrated energy gas market in line with EU standards, we cannot prohibit companies from buying gas from Gazprom in accordance with their agreements, but Gazprom will only play in Ukraine under European rules and regulations. It will not have a monopoly, it will not be able to impose his conditions by bribing officials, he will be one of the players,” Vice Prime Minister stated.
As we reported earlier, Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk said that Ukraine, Russia and the EU have signed a new gas contract for 5 years with the possibility of prolonging it for 10 years. Honcharuk said this on his channel in Telegram.
“There is a new contract for gas transit to Europe! As a result of trilateral negotiations between Ukraine, Russia and the European Union, the parties signed a new contract: for 5 years with the possibility of prolonging it for another 10 years on similar conditions,” the head of government wrote.