“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.
“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.
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.