"Gazprom has stopped gas transit through Ukraine to Hungary. And this despite the reserved transit capacity. Gazprom has such a right under the contract - not to supply gas for transit through the reserved capacities, but at the same time to pay for these capacities (the "pump or pay" principle)," he noted.
According to Vitrenko, the stop of transit to Hungary is a demonstration of what will happen after the launch of Nord Stream 2, if Moscow does not allow a third party to transit through Ukraine.
On September 27, it became known that Hungary signed a new long-term gas deal with Russia's Gazprom. The document foresees that the gas transit will now bypass Ukraine.
Ukraine's foreign ministry claimed it was disappointed by that decision. Later, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called the contract a blow to Ukraine-Hungary relations.