Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that it is not profitable for Gazprom to increase gas transit via Ukraine, since transit through the Ukrainian GTS is more expensive by $ 3 billion. He said this at a meeting on energy issues, RIA-Novosti reports.
"Increasing the volume of gas pumped through Ukraine is economically unprofitable for Gazprom because it is more expensive. Pumping through the new systems is much cheaper, about $ 3 billion a year to the appropriate volume of supplies," Putin said.
At the same time, the Russian president noted that Gazprom has never refused to increase supplies to Europe if there are appropriate applications.
“We see all sorts of speculations about the gas transportation system of Ukraine, supplies through it. I would also like to note here: our contractual obligations for deliveries through the Ukrainian gas transportation system are 40 billion cubic meters per year, and for 9 months of this year Gazprom has increased these deliveries, more precisely, through the transport system of Ukraine, by more than 8%. It is safe to say that we will exceed our contractual obligations to supply gas through the territory of Ukraine," Putin said.
Meanwhile, Head of NJSC Naftogaz-Ukraine Yuriy Vitrenko says that Russian Gazprom has the right to suspend gas transit through Ukraine under the contract.
"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.