Russia can increase the transit of gas through the territory of Ukraine in case of receipt of profitable commercial offers from Kyiv. This was announced by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, RIA Novosti reports.
"The President has repeatedly said that if they continue to buy our gas, if they increase contracts, and, of course, if Ukraine gives competitive commercial offers, then all this will continue to work," Peskov stressed.
According to him, Ukraine should also turn to European companies that buy Russian gas and can conclude new supply agreements taking into account the growing demand.
"That is, in order to transport something through the territory of Ukraine, you need someone to buy it," the Kremlin spokesman added.
As a reminder, on October 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that it is not profitable for Gazprom to increase gas transit through Ukraine, since transit through the Ukrainian GTS is more expensive.
As of September 2021, Gazprom booked only 4% of the additional guaranteed transit capacity. As a result, the average daily volumes of Russian gas transported through the territory of Ukraine in October decreased to 109 million cubic meters- to the minimum volume, according to the current transit agreement.