Ukraine’s gas supply is completely dependent on the transit of the Russian gas through its territory. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that at a press conference in Beijing, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"And if there is no transit? You understand that then there will be no reverse. After all, reverse is virtual. There are branches of the transit gas pipe to the whole of Ukraine. These are absolutely well-known things for professionals, the public just may not understand it.... There is no real reverse! There is gas transit to Europe, branches from transit gas pipes go to the whole territory of Ukraine. Then it is written on papers that it is a reverse. Imagine that there is no transit. So then there will be no gas supply to Ukraine. This is a serious issue!" Putin said.
On April 24, 2018, Russian Gazprom rejected the possibility of extending the gas transit contract with Naftogaz. The company said that they had not yet begun negotiations on the future transit through Ukraine, there are only consultations on this topic. At the same time, Gazprom’s chairman, Alexey Miller, said earlier that a Russian company could save gas transit through Ukraine.
The executive director of NAK Naftogaz, Yuri Vitrenko, said that in the event of the termination of gas transit through the Ukrainian GTS, the state would lose $ 3 billion a year. He is convinced that in the implementation of such a scenario, Ukraine has a high chance of winning another arbitration claim for $ 12 billion from Gazprom as compensation for accelerated amortization.
Earlier Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated that Ukraine prepared new package sanctions against Russia due to Putin’s order on the issuance of the Russian passports to the Ukrainian citizens of Donbas. Klimkin stated this on the air of Inter TV channel, as MIA reported on its Twitter.
“The diplomats are actively working on the creation of the new wave of political pressure on the Russian Federation. They also are preparing the new package of Ukrainian sanctions against Russia: the sectorial and economic ones,” Klimkin said.
According to the report, Ukraine will insist on the implementation not of the personal sanctions, as it was after the aggression at the Kerch Strait, but of the most rigid sanctions, in particular, the sectorial and economic ones.
Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs added that those people can be “persons and companies who are the basis of the Kremlin regime”.