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Cooperation between Ukraine and Russia is extremely important, - Steven Woolfe MEP

Source : 112 Ukraine

Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia have to go on, according to European Parliament representatives
16:38, 27 March 2019

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To have any deal between Europe, Ukraine and Russia to create a stable energy supply for each of those regions is very very important. The Member of European Parliament Steven Woolfe commented on the negotiations of delegation of political party Opposition Platform – For Life with the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller. The delegation was headed by the political council chairman of Opposition Platform – For Life Viktor Medvedchuk and supported by the presidential candidate Yuriy Boyko.

“What we don’t want to see is the lights in people’s houses being turned out if no deal is arranged. So, my view is that Ukraine should be in a position to act as a bridge between Russia and that of the European Union, not act as a war between them.”

At the same time, Woolfe noted that the European Union wished to become an empire.

“And for them, there are many who would like to see it as a war, they would like to stop any negotiations or links between the Ukraine and Russia and this is a big mistake. The world is growing, population is growing, the need for energy sharing is growing. Cooperation is extremely important. The one-sided mentality of the European Union to say that we are right and Russia is wrong and there is no compromise will be a mistake historically,” he added.

As we reported earlier, the delegation of political party Opposition Platform – For Life held negotiations with the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller last Friday. The delegation was headed by the political council chairman of Opposition Platform – For Life Viktor Medvedchuk and supported by the presidential candidate Yuriy Boyko.

The economic negotiations were initiated by the Ukrainian side.

Earlier, Viktor Medvedchuk noted that Ukraine buys Russian gas according to the Düsseldorf+ formula and due to this, gas price is too high for the consumer. He also believes that the only way Ukraine can preserve its gas transmission system is by the creation of a gas transmission consortium.

Related: Dialogue with Russia, on economic cooperation as well, can help to overcome conflict between Kyiv and Russia, - Jiri Payne MEP

In 2014, Russia decided to make Kyiv pay for gas supplies in advance. After that, Ukraine reduced the purchase of Russian gas and began to buy reverse gas in Europe. In November 2015, Naftogaz stopped buying gas from Gazprom.

Related: Russian Gazprom is ready to negotiate on direct supplies of gas to Ukraine

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