Maroš Šefčovič, the Head of the European Commission, made an offer to Ukraine concerning the new contract on Russian gas transit after 2019, as he said after the trilateral talks about Ukraine-EU-Russia gas transit on Monday, January 21 in Brussels, as Ukrainian News reported.
The EU Commissioner said that the new contract should be signed for at least ten years, and the amount of an annual transit should reach the level which Ukraine provides usually – 80-90 cubic meters a year.
Negotiations on gas transit through Ukraine after 2019, which were held in Brussels on January 21at the level of the ministers of Ukraine, Russia and European Commission leadership, lasted for around 40 minutes instead of planned three hours.
The negotiations were held with the participation of “Naftogaz-Ukraine” Executive Director Yuriy Vitrenko, Russian Energy Minister Alexandr Novak and “Gazprom” Head Alexey Miller. The Russian side offered the only option – to prolong the current contract since 2009 without any consultations.
“Miller stressed the fact that they were ready to prolong the contract three times. He said it could be prolonged without any consultations… Just the contracts and go ahead,” Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.
“Naftogaz” in its turn was ready to consider the agreements on the transit of the Russian gas only if they fit the European legislation.
“Naftogaz-Ukraine” Head Andriy Kobolev expressed surprise at the statement of Head of the Russian “Gazprom” Alexey Miller on the readiness to extend the current contracts with “Naftogaz” after 2019 without any consultations.
Kobolev also noted that the Russian side was looking for the variants of the solution of the situation on two lost court cases in Stockholm.
Earlier Vitrenko claimed that the European Commission considers the possibility of complete rejection from the natural gas and other hydrocarbons.