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MEPs about Medvedchuk’s visit to Russia: Ukraine has to become bridge between Brussels and Moscow

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Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia have to go on, according to European Parliament representatives
13:22, 27 March 2019

From left to right: Gazprom head Alexey Miller, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev, Ukrainian presidential candidate Yuriy Boyko and Viktor Medvedchuk. Gas talks on March 22, 2019
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To have any deal between Europe, Ukraine and Russia to create a stable energy supply for each of those regions is very very important. The Member of European Parliament Steven Woolfe commented on the negotiations of delegation of political party Opposition Platform – For Life with the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller. The delegation was headed by the political council chairman of Opposition Platform – For Life Viktor Medvedchuk and supported by the presidential candidate Yuriy Boyko.

“What we don’t want to see is the lights in people’s houses being turned out if no deal is arranged. So, my view is that Ukraine should be in a position to act as a bridge between Russia and that of the European Union, not act as a war between them.”

At the same time, Woolfe noted that the European Union wished to become an empire.

“And for them, there are many who would like to see it as a war, they would like to stop any negotiations or links between the Ukraine and Russia and this is a big mistake. The world is growing, population is growing, the need for energy sharing is growing. Cooperation is extremely important. The one-sided mentality of the European Union to say that we are right and Russia is wrong and there is no compromise will be a mistake historically,” he added.

Earlier, some lawmakers in the European Parliament positively evaluated the latest visit of the delegation of Opposition Bloc - For Life to Russia. The political party's leaders Viktor Medvedchuk and Yuriy Boiko held negotiations with Russian Premier Dmitriy Medvedev and CEO of Gazprom energy monopolist Aleksei Miller. The talks were focused on resuming direct supplies of the Russian gas to Ukraine and keeping the transit across the Ukrainian gas transport system. 

Related: Statement of the Opposition platform – For Life

Julia Reid, in her turn, believes that the talks between Kyiv and Moscow have to concern Ukrainians and no one else has the right to interfere. 

“Without the negotiation of this contract, the current one which runs out in 2020, there will be no gas flowing through the pipeline and this will be very bad for the peoples of Eastern Europe and even Germany who actually get their gas from Russia. If you remember 2009 when there was war, very many people suffered and some people even died because there was insufficient gas, or there was no gas coming through and they couldn’t heat their homes in a very cold winter. So, myself and my fellow colleagues, we welcome that there should be a negotiation of contact between Ukraine and Russia. It enables Ukraine to be more of a bridge than a wall between the European Union and Moscow. So we would hope that this goes ahead and the contract for gas will be renewed,” Julia Reid, Member of the European Parliament for the South West England region, said.

At the same time, Jonathan Bullock thinks that European people should act as separate states. According to Bullock, Ukraine should act in the interests of Ukraine.

“I do think that it’s much better for nation-states to act individually, so Ukraine’s to do what’s best in Ukraine’s interest and likewise we in Western Europe and in the United Kingdom, for example, to do what we would like. For example, I’d like to see more emphasis on nuclear power rather than renewables, because nuclear power can be consistent and not intermittent. But it is important that the nation states can act in a sovereign way. The problem with the EU, having been involved in these things, is that it act in a supranational way which is not necessarily in the best interests of the nation states,” said Jonathan Bullock, a Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands constituency.

He also believes that it is important that member states can always act independently.

“I think it’s important that the nation states can always act independently. I think that the problem with the EU being involved is that they cannot represent everybody. This is a big problem that we are having in the UK and one of the reasons we are leaving,” Jonathan Bullock added.

As we reported earlier, the delegation of political party Opposition Platform – For Life held negotiations with the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller last Friday. The delegation was headed by the political council chairman of Opposition Platform – For Life Viktor Medvedchuk and supported by the presidential candidate Yuriy Boyko.

The economic negotiations were initiated by the Ukrainian side.

Earlier, Viktor Medvedchuk noted that Ukraine buys Russian gas according to the Düsseldorf+ formula and due to this, gas price is too high for the consumer. He also believes that the only way Ukraine can preserve its gas transmission system is by creation of a gas transmission consortium.

Related: Cooperation between Ukraine and Russia is extremely important, - Steven Woolfe MEP

In 2014, Russia decided to make Kyiv pay for gas supplies in advance. After that, Ukraine reduced the purchase of Russian gas and began to buy reverse gas in Europe. In November 2015, Naftogaz stopped buying gas from Gazprom.

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