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Zelensky presumes discussing of gas transit issue during Normandy Summit

President of Ukraine noted that Putin took Ukraine's position on gas transit into account during a telephone conversation with him
12:10, 2 December 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a news conference in Kyiv Ukraine October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
VALENTYN OGIRENKO/reuters

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky presumes that the issue of a new contract on the transit of Russian gas to Europe through the territory of Ukraine will be discussed at the meeting in Normandy format on December 9, but it is not related to the problem of war in Donbas. Zelensky stated this in an interview with Western media, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"Although our European partners claim that this is not a political but an economic project, I will allow myself to disagree. However, if we manage to conclude a new transit agreement for a period of up to 10 years, if the Europeans help us and Russia does not oppose it, then we will be able to say that "Nord Stream-2" is not a political project. So far it is a baseless statement," Zelensky said.

Related: Ukraine loses time for talks about gas transit from Russia, - Medvedchuk

As we reported earlier, Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel said that it is possible to reach an agreement with Gazprom on direct gas supplies to Ukraine, but the price should be tied to the European indicator. He explained this on the air of Freedom of Speech talk show on Ukrayina TV channel.

“I admit (the possibility of an agreement with the Russian Federation on direct deliveries - ed.) ... When we speak now with the Russian side, this is a clear and honest position: we say that if we can agree on direct deliveries, in a package with transport, because this is how Russia raises the question, such a condition. Then the price must be tied to the European indicator,” the minister said.
 
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