Ukraine is not going to shut down the gas flow from Russia, even if the sides fail to make a new gas transit agreement by the end of the year. Yuriy Vitrenko, the chief executive officer of Naftogaz-Ukraine company said so in the interview with DW.
Asked if the offer to pump Russian gas in Ukraine's underground storages was a threat, Vitrenko replied: "Ukraine never shut down the flow. It's important to understand. We have no such custom to show up on TV and say: "We're shutting it down". We don't do that kind of thing. We just say "don't worry".
According to Vitrenko, if the gas comes to Ukraine without the respective contract, it will be brought to the underground storage. However, the Ukrainian law will not let the gas transporting system operator let the gas flow across the Ukrainian border without any respective document, he said.