Medvedchuk on termination of gas transit contract with Russia: government does not understand what it is

Source : 112 Ukraine

Viktor Medvedchuk noted that Ukraine could lose about 3 billion dollars of income to the budget
20:05, 25 October 2019

Viktor Medvedchuk
112 Agency

The Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life Party and MP Viktor Medvedchuk doubts that the government can save the situation with the gas transit contract when it does not understand what it is all about. He stated this on air of 112 Ukraine channel.

“Over the past 3-4 years, I have repeatedly told Mr. Poroshenko at meetings that it was necessary to decide on the fate of gas transportation system and gas transit, which adds about 3 billion dollars annually to the budget. And the closer came January 1, 2020, when the gas supply and transit agreement between Russia and Ukraine ends, the more urgent this problem became. Therefore, of course, it had to be resolved earlier, it had to be done by Poroshenko and had to be done by Zelensky. It is strange that Honcharuk in his n the professional and amateur position fell so low that he finally noticed that gas transit is serious for Ukraine. It deserves some attention, although it is in fact a pleasing reaction of normal people and of experts in this field. Because it is too late to say about the necessity to do something at the end of October and the specialists understand what I’m talking about,” he said.

“The second question is that today Ukraine is trying to realize and fully obtain the right to operate all the powers of a member of the European Energy Community, which Ukraine has entered. It happened when Ukraine joined the third energy package, where it should provide its capacities, including transit as a lease for pumping gas, where it should join other regulatory acts of the European Energy Community. If this happens before the end of the year, this problem will be solved, but I just want to say that this problem will be solved but, first of all, in the interests of consumers and operators from EU countries” the MP said.

Medvedchuk emphasized that if this situation develops this way, it is unprofitable for Ukraine, because we will definitely lose that amount of funds, about 3 billion dollars of income to the budget.

“Because we could keep this money only if we would either extend the contract today with certain obligations on the volume and pumping gas to Europe, or go along with creating a gas transportation consortium. We have been emphasizing this in recent years, and we have especially focused the attention of our citizens, of our voters during 2019 on this. But, unfortunately, we did not reach the authorities, who behaved self-confidently and unprofessionally in this matter and only now they are trying to pay attention to it. Once again I say, firstly, it is too late. Secondly, today it is necessary to save the situation at the level of implementation methods, functioning of firefighting or ambulance services. I don’t know how to solve these problems, but it is a fact that difficulties await us,” Medvedchuk summed up.  

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