On December 13, the natural gas transmission system of Ukraine will come to a standstill due to the absence of the agreement on the gas transit as Viktor Medvedchuk, the Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform – For Life stated.
“We stand before the date of zero hour. Zero hour for the gas transit is December 13. Because according to the generally accepted rules of the applications of the gas European operators for the gas consumption in Europe and for the use of gas transmission system of Ukraine, for receiving of Russian gas in Europe the terms are determined that these applications are filed until December 13. Today is December 9, the moment has come to solve something in transit issue,” he said.
Medvedchuk reminded that the value of the gas transit matter in last and this year is about $250-300 million for the gas transit during a month.
“The sum for the next year is included in the budget but there will never be such sum because there will be no such volume for the transporting of gas, no such volume as 80 billion this year. It will be much less, if the transit is kept. Moreover, the task is to extend the transit or the new transit agreement for 10 years – the current one may be signed or extended for a year. But the issue is that these agreements do not include the volume, which was transited by Ukraine earlier. It means that any such agreements and any relations, which may take place next year also might be less interesting and it will violate the national interests of Ukraine,” the MP added.
“How to get out of this situation? Today it is very difficult. Anyway, if Ukraine gets out of this situation, it will take place with great losses and damage for itself. And these losses and damage should be completely blamed on the current authority team”,” he concluded.
Earlier Medvedchuk said that Ukraine lost the time for negotiations on the gas transit from Russia.