Julia Reid MEP 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 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.
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.
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.