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Russia wants to create gas crisis in Ukraine in 2020, - Naftogaz CEO

Source : 112 Ukraine

Andriy Kobolev believes that this crisis will let Russia push its own interests
13:26, 3 May 2019

Andry Kobolev, the Head of Naftogaz-Ukraine
RBK-Ukraine

Russia wants to create a gas crisis in Ukraine in early 2020, as Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev, said in an interview for Voice of America.

“Their aim is to create an artificial crisis after 2019 starting from January 1, as it was in 2009, ten years ago, and try to create a crisis which will let them push their own interests. The crisis I am talking about, which might happen in January 2020, might be called a gas war. I think that the probability is high,” Kobolev said.

Ukraine has to prepare in two directions to counter the “gas war”.

Related: Ukraine's PM to initiate resignation of Naftogaz CEO in case of gas prices increase

“Here we can increase the capacity of gas production from the European direction, and funding of additional amount of gas in Ukraine’s underground,” Naftogaz CEO stated.

The team of Ukraine's president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky demands that the Cabinet and Naftogaz-Ukraine company cut the gas prices for households since May 1. The respective message appeared on the team's official Facebook page.

Related: Naftogaz demands Ukraine's Government to cancel special duties regime to lower gas price

According to them, the price of gas in Ukraine exceeds that on the European market. This, the team believes is due to the fact that in Europe, the prices have been dropping for four months in a row. 

The president-elect's associates are concerned about the possible limitation of Russian gas supplies since June 1, and the full cease of these supplies since January 1, 2020. That, according to them, will lead to financial losses and risk of losing gas supplies'.

Related: Russia's stance on gas transit across Ukraine won't change, - Naftogaz CEO

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