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Russian Gazprom notifies countries on suspension of gas transit through Ukraine since 2020

Source : 112 Ukraine

Naftogaz CEO Kobolev stated that is gas transit through Ukraine is suspended Ukraine will file another lawsuit to the arbitration court for $12 billion
18:14, 20 March 2019

Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev
RBK-Ukraine

Russian Gazprom began to officially notify the countries on the suspension of gas transit through Ukraine, as Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev said in an interview for RBK-Ukraine.

“Gazprom has officially started to notify the countries which border Ukraine or depend on our transit that since 2020 this transit will be suspended,” Kobolev said.

According to him, Ukraine has prepared arguments for the relevant negotiations.

Related: Naftogaz initiates process of recovering debts from Gazprom in Luxembourg

“To make the signing of the treaty possible, we have a very simple negotiation position: “Either Gazprom signs the contract, and then the issue of depreciation of gas transportation systems automatically disappears from our list, or, sorry, but you will have to compensate it”. In my working experience with Gazprom, I am convinced that the worst idea is to negotiate with them without a certain position,” Naftogaz CEO added.

Gazprom and its partners intended to begin the realization of the Nord Stream 2 project, which costs ten billion dollars. It is expected that the 1200 km gas pipeline will be laid through the Baltic Sea, and will connect Russia and Germany passing Ukraine, Poland, and Baltic countries. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be twice increased than the first Nord Stream. The construction is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.

Related: “Gazprom” offers to extend contracts with “Naftogaz” without consultations, - Foreign Minister

Russian president Putin claimed that the Russian Federation was ready to save the gas transit through Ukraine after the launch of the Nord Stream 2.

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