“Ukraine is looking for a long-term, 10-year deal. It’s not beneficial for us. A one-year deal would be OK so we would build up our strength and launch all those ‘streams’ (Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream),” one of the four sources said.
The second interlocutor said that the prolongation of the current transit contract for short term would be a good option amid Kyiv’s aspirations to reform its gas transportation system.
“It’s clear that they (Russians, - 112 International) want to phase out, dry out Ukraine transit. They want a short contract, with a low commitment on volumes,” the third source said.
It was noted that Russian Gazprom and Energy Ministry refused to comment on the issue.
The validity of Russia-Ukraine gas transit and supply contract concluded ten years ago expires in 2019.