“Gazprom” tried to block Ukrainian gas imports from Europe, Vitrenko

"Газпром" пытался заблокировать украинский импорт газа из Европы, - Витренко

Commercial Director of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Yuriy Vitrenko, archival photo

Russian “Gazprom” prevented the purchase of gas in Europe and, according to Russian Newspapers, it has spent $ 5 billion dollars. About this on his page in Facebook wrote to the commercial Director of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Yuriy Vitrenko.

“We buy gas from major European gas companies. Many of them produce gas themselves. Many also buy gas and other extractive companies. Including “Gazprom”, which interfered with that we were buying gas in Europe. According to even Russian newspaper, “Gazprom” has spent $ 5 billion. on an unsuccessful attempt to block our imports from Europe,” he said.

While Vitrenko stressed that the main factor in the successful diversification of gas imports was opening a new connection between the Ukrainian and Slovak gas transportation systems, as well as the release of “Naftogaz” to the European market for purchasing gas there.

“We are grateful to those companies that are not afraid to spoil relations with “Gazprom” and began to sell us gas. And to sell at market prices, without any “charge risk”. In most months, these market prices for gas from Europe was lower than the contract with “Gazprom”. I have repeatedly cited the data according to how much we saved on the purchase of gas in Europe,” he wrote.

Recall, November 25, 2016, exactly a year since the NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine” stopped gas imports from the Russian Federation.

Now we are discussing a trilateral meeting with Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on gas. In particular, the meeting can be held in the coming days in Brussels.

Earlier, Minister of energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak reported about readiness of Ukraine to sell the 1.5-4 billion cubic meters of gas.