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“Gazprom” can stop gas transit through Ukraine in 2020, - Naftogaz Head

The Russian side is stalling until the end of the political process in Ukraine
12:48, 18 January 2019

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Russian “Gazprom” can stop the transit of gas through Ukraine in 2020 as 112 Ukraine reported citing Andry Kobolev, the CEO of “Naftogaz Ukraine”.

Kobolev stated that “Gazprom” has already disrupted the trilateral technical negotiations. He supposed that Russia delays the process of the negotiations of the contracts until the end of the political process.

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If the contract is not signed, “Gazprom” will stop the transit of gas through Ukraine. According to Kobolev, such incidents happened in January 2006 and January 2009.

“Can it stop the transit? It can, such things have already happened. Twice. It was in 2006 in 2009, in January, in both cases; it put pressure on both, Europe and Ukraine,” Kobolev stated.

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He also claimed that “Gazprom” can refuse from the contracts and try to enter 2020 without them.

“Is there some possibility that “Gazprom” will refuse and try to enter 2020 without a contract? Yes, such ‘things have already happened,” Kobolev noted.

“Naftogaz Ukraine” CEO stated that the Ukrainian side will defend its position and insist on the transparent negotiations, which will be clear for the European partners. Besides, “Naftogaz” plans to save up enough amount of gas in the underground depositories.

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Earlier Polish President Andrzej Duda urged the German government to give up on Nord Stream 2 construction. He insisted that the new pipeline would breach the current energy balance, posing danger to the energy safety of some countries in Central and Eastern Europe. 

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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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.

Ukraine is adamantly opposed to the construction by calling it politically motivated and suggesting the EU to create a consortium with the involvement of European companies to manage the existing more efficient transportation route through Ukraine. A number of EU countries have expressed their disagreement with the Nord Stream 2 project in particular Poland and Lithuania.

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