Naftogaz announced Russia’s refusal to negotiate a new contract

Russia does not want to negotiate with Ukraine to extend the gas transit contract after 2024. This was stated by the head of Naftogaz Yuri Vitrenko, reports Reuters.

“ There is nothing, not even a hint, formal or unofficial negotiations (with Russia) & lt; … & gt; we are discussing with the Americans and the Germans that we all would like the transit to continue, but the Russians do not want to start these discussions ',' mdash; he said.

According to him, if the contract is not extended, then the Nord Stream-1 pipelines and 'Nord Stream-2' will strengthen Russia's control over gas supplies to Europe, which will make the bloc “more vulnerable to politically motivated supply disruptions and price surges.”

In December 2019, Gazprom and Ukrainian Naftogaz signed a five-year contract for the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to Europe starting January 1, 2020. Under the terms of the Gazprom contract must pump through Ukraine at least 225 billion cubic meters. m of gas in 2020 & ndash; 2024, of which 65 billion cubic meters. m in 2020 and 40 billion cubic meters each. m annually for the next four years.

In mid-September, Vitrenko pointed out that Naftogaz ready to extend the agreement with Gazprom on the transit of Russian gas. “ The volumes that now go through Ukraine should be transferred to contracts with European companies for the long term. We must therefore obtain assurances that the transit & lt; … & gt; will be saved & raquo;, & mdash; he said.

The head of Gazprom Alexey Miller also stated that the company is ready to continue gas transit through Ukraine after 2024. However, according to him, this will depend on the economic feasibility and state of the gas transportation system of Ukraine.

In addition, for maintaining gas transit through Ukraine after the launch of Nord Stream 2; also acted as acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Earlier, she and US President Joe Biden agreed that Berlin will advocate for the preservation of Ukrainian transit and will join sanctions against Moscow if it uses Nord Stream 2. as a tool of pressure on other countries.

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