St. Petersburg, November 7 - Neftegaz.RU.
A working meeting between Alexey Miller, CEO of Gazprom, and Georg Graf Waldersee, Commissioner of the Federal Government of of Germany
for Gas Transit across Ukraine, took place on October 6 in Russia.
The meeting participants discussed issues related to the interaction between Gazprom and Ukraine in the gas sector from 2020 onward. Alexey Miller pointed out that a number of strategic issues need to be resolved prior to the signing of a new transit contract.
The 1st issue concerns the settling of court disputes between the company and its Ukrainian counterpart. This would mean a mutual waiver of claims and termination of the court proceedings between Gazprom and Naftogaz
of Ukraine regarding the contracts for Russian gas supplies and transit, as well as restoration of balance between the commercial interests of the parties.
In addition, the decision made by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine to fine Gazprom for allegedly abusing its monopolistic position in Ukraine’s gas transit
market would be reversed and the company’s violated property rights in the country would be restored.
The 2nd crucial issue is Ukraine’s readiness for direct purchases of Russian gas starting from 2020 and the expected amounts thereof. The decision on the part of Ukraine will directly affect the throughput of the Russian gas transmission system that Gazprom will have to maintain on the Ukrainian border.
It should also be noted that, in order to integrate the EU
’s Third Energy Package into the national legislation, the Ukrainian authorities need to, inter alia, ensure the genuine independence of the national energy regulator and create an independent certified gas transmission operator.
If these efforts are not completed by January 1, 2020, Gazprom will be willing to extend the effective transit contract for the transitional period taking into account the current market conditions.