Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reacted sharply to the words of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that "Russian gas is the dirtiest in the world." Lavrov condemned Zelensky's statement, as TASS reports.
“Now Ukrainian colleagues are practicing some kind of verbal balancing act: they think that Russia is their original name. They say that the baptism of Rus is just a Ukrainian holiday, and so on. It is sad. President Zelensky himself makes some statements that our gas is the dirtiest in the world. In general, this is not of great intelligence, to be honest,” Lavrov said.
Earlier, Zelensky met with US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Grenholm as part of a working visit to Washington. He said that Russian gas is the dirtiest in the world due to significant methane emissions during production and transportation, as well as due to corruption.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that Russia is ready to continue transporting gas through Ukraine after 2024. However, the Russian authorities need to understand how long the transit will be extended and in what volumes.
"We are ready to transit gas through Ukraine after 2024, but we must know what volumes. And for this, European consumers must decide and conclude contracts," Putin said.