Russian President Vladimir Putin, who promised to surprise the world with gas supplies, said that Ukrainian politicians are calling for the nationalization of gas and that pumping out of underground gas storage systems has already begun in Ukraine. The President of the Russian Federation said this during the Russian Energy Week forum, Strana reports.
According to Putin, 18 billion cubic meters of gas is stored in Ukrainian underground storage facilities, some of which belong to European and private operators.
"Now some irresponsible politicians in Ukraine are talking about the need to nationalize it, this gas that is stored in underground storage facilities, which does not belong to them. And what are we seeing now? These private operators have begun to gradually pump out gas from underground storage facilities in Ukraine, including foreign operators," Putin said.
Meanwhile, since the beginning of the week, the rate of gas pumping in Europe's underground gas storage facilities (UGSF) has fallen to a minimal index since May.
The gas withdrawal rate will soon surpass the inflow rate, reports Gas Infrastructure Europe. On October 11, the pumping rate exceeded the withdrawal rate by 20 percent, while the overall level of EU gas stocks increased only by 0.02.