Russia wants to make short term deal on gas transit with Ukraine, - media

Source : 112 Ukraine

Therefore, Russia would complete construction of Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream
16:47, 26 July 2019

Russia wants to make a short term deal on gas transit with Ukraine to buy some time for construction of gas pipelines bypassing Ukraine, as Reuters reported, referring to sources.

“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.

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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.

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The validity of Russia-Ukraine gas transit and supply contract concluded ten years ago expires in 2019.

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