Answering the question, whether or not the gas contract of Russia and Hungary aims to put pressure on Ukraine, Peskov assured that “it is not so”.
“Russia has never used, does not use and does not mean to use the natural gas to punish someone,” he added.
According to Peskov, the new contract of Hungary and Russian Gazprom on gas supply bypassing Ukraine does not violate anyone rights.
“The issue is about the long-term contract, which, in fact, will guarantee reliable, predictable, in time supplies of the natural gas to Hungary on guaranteed, economically advantageous routes. No one’s rights are violated. Any norms of the international trade are violated. It is hardly that any country, including Ukraine, has a right to interfere in this aspect of Russian-Hungarian relations,” Peskov stated.
Moreover, he noted that the Russian side is ready to discuss with Ukraine the resumption of direct gas purchase in case of necessity.
On September 27, Hungary signed a new long-term contract with the Russian concern Gazprom for the supply of gas bypassing Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated that they were disappointed with this decision.
Serhiy Makohon, the Director-General of GTS operator of Ukraine reported that the new gas contract between Hungary and the Russian Federation could result in a shortage or full stop of the gas transit across Ukraine.
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba called the gas contract of Budapest and Moscow on gas transit bypassing Ukraine to be a hit at the Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.
Besides, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is summoning the Hungarian ambassador over a new gas contract between Budapest and Gazprom.