Russia does not want to negotiate with Ukraine on continuation of gas transit after 2024

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the Naftogaz head, there is not even a hint of negotiations on Moscow’s side
09:57, 30 November 2021

Yuriy Vitrenko

Head of Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko stated that Russia does not want to negotiate with Ukraine on the extension of the contract on gas transit to the EU after 2024 as Reuters reported.

"There's nothing, not even a hint, no official or unofficial talks, (with Russia)... we are discussing it with the Americans and the Germans that all of us would like the transit to continue, but the Russians are reluctant to start these discussions," he said.

Related: Ukraine expects Germany's clearer position in terms of Nord Stream 2, - Foreign Minister

The Naftogaz head noted that if the contract for gas transit through Ukraine is not extended, then the use of both Nord Stream gas pipelines, which go directly to Germany, will strengthen Russia's control over the supply of blue fuel to Europe. According to him, this will make the EU more vulnerable to politically motivated supply disruptions and price spikes.

As it was reported earlier, the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completely finished as of the morning of September 10. Work on laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline began in 2018. Its length is 1,230 km. The pipeline is expected to supply 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Russia via the Baltic Sea to Germany.

Related: Germany admits possibility of launching Nord Stream 2 without certification

On October 18, it became known earlier that the first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is filled with technical gas and is ready for operation.

On October 20, Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine filed an application to the German energy regulator (Bundesnetzagentur) regarding participation in the Nord Stream-2 AG certification procedure.

Related: Ukraine has no right to suspend Nord Stream 2, - Naftogaz Head

On November 16, it became known that Germany has suspended Nord Stream 2 certification. The report states that in order to renew the certification, the Nord Stream 2 operator must have an organizational form in accordance with the laws of Germany.

It was noted that the launch of Nord Stream 2 bypassing Ukraine could lead to a loss of gas supply in five Ukrainian cities.

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