Germany believes that the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine should continue even after 2019. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated this at a joint press conference with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko, broadcasted by the press service of Ukraine’s MFA.
“We support negotiations on gas transit through Ukraine. We believe that transit should continue after 2019,” Maas said.
Maas noted that German Bundestag had adopted the EU Gas Directive as they had promised.
As it was reported earlier, Gazprom has sent a formal proposal to NJSC Naftogaz-Ukraine to extend the current contract or to conclude a new agreement on transit of gas through the territory of Ukraine for one year.
Gazprom listed additional conditions: the reversal of the decision of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine to impose a fine on Gazprom for "distortion of economic competition", withdrawal of the Naftogaz-Ukraine’s petition to initiate an investigation against the Russian company by the European Commission.
Naftogaz-Ukraine achieved the assets freeze for GazAsia Capital S.A., the company that issued Eurobonds of Gazprom company in Japanese Yens.
Stockholm arbitrary obliged the Russian gas monopolist to pay 4.63 billion U.S. dollars for undersupplying the gas volumes for transit across Ukraine.