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Ukraine wants 15 more years of Russian gas transit fees

Ukraine is keen to extend its gas transit contracts with Gazprom for more than a decade, the country’s prime minister has revealed, despite Kiev’s ongoing efforts to stop the completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Ukraine wants 15 more years of Russian gas transit fees

Source: Courtesy of Gazprom

Kiev, November 24 - Neftegaz.RU. Speaking on Saturday as part of an interview with RFERL (registered as a foreign agent in Russia), Denis Shmyhal announced that his country’s government is looking to prolong the agreement under which Moscow exports supplies across the Soviet-built overground network, RT reported.
According to him:
  • the country is negotiating with our European partners at present because the extension of this contract also depends on them
The contract currently in place will guarantee existing volumes and transit fees run until 2024, providing for 65 billion m3 of gas in 2020 and 40 billion m3 each year from 2021 onwards.
The Ukrainian prime minister said:
  • it would be ideal to extend these conditions for 15 years
  • Ukraine was prepared to boost gas transit to 55 million m3, if Gazprom wants to take up the offer
Kiev has openly expressed fears that Russia could cut off its access to transit fees once it begins delivering gas supplies to Western Europe through the recently built Nord Stream 2 underwater pipeline.

However, certification of the Baltic Sea link was suspended last week until the company reorganizes itself in accordance with German law.
Ukraine has warned it stands to lose billions of dollars if its vital financial lifeline is cut off, and says the delay is down to its own lobbying.

Speaking to the UK’s Financial Times earlier this month, Yuriy Vitrenko, the head of Ukraine’s state gas firm Naftogaz, went as far as to claim that the new project escalates «the chances of a full-scale war between Russia and Ukraine.»
According to him, Moscow potentially circumventing its neighbor could make Kiev more vulnerable to an «invasion.»

Ukrainian President V.Zelensky has also condemned the Russian venture and vowed that Kiev will «continue its fight» against the new gas network «until and after its completion.»
His Russian counterpart, V.Putin, however, has attempted to reassure parties that there will be no major manipulation of major gas supply plans:
  • Firstly, we should not put anyone in a difficult position, including Ukraine, despite all the complexities related to Russian-Ukrainian relations today
  • Secondly, we should not undermine the credibility of Gazprom as a reliable, absolutely reliable, partner in every way
Tensions have flared between the 2 nations over the past few days, with Kiev claiming that a buildup of Russian troops across the shared frontier with Russia could be a precursor to an invasion.

Moscow denies that it is planning such an offensive, insisting that «the movement of some of our military equipment or army units across the territory of the Russian Federation is exclusively our business.»

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