Russian gas intimidations to Kyiv losing their weight, - Kurt Volker

US Special Representative for Ukraine notes that Ukraine’s position in gas negotiations with Moscow has strengthened compared to previous years
18:39, 15 September 2019
Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine
US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker is convinced that Moscow’s threats on the gas issue are losing their weight due to the fact that Ukraine does not directly buy gas from the Russian Federation. The American diplomat said this at a press conference during the annual Yalta European Strategy forum, Evropeyska Pravda reported.

"Ukraine does not longer buy gas directly from the Russian Federation using the spot market. That is why the Ukrainian position in these negotiations is much stronger than a few years ago," Volker notes.

He predicts the likelihood of continued further threats from Russia on gas issues.
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“Of course, the Russian Federation will threaten Ukraine and the EU, frightening it with a complete suspension of transit after the end of the contract next year. However, Russian threats weigh less and less over time,” the US special representative emphasized.

Earlier, Prime Minister Oleksiy Goncharuk announced Ukraine’s readiness for gas negotiations with Russia. At the same time, Kyiv is aware that Europe has its own interests in this issue.

Another round of tripartite gas negotiations (Ukraine, Russia and the EU) for the conditions of supply and transit of gas from Russia from next year is scheduled for next week.
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