Gazprom was not on the gas negotiations – Naftogaz

Газпром не явился на газовые переговоры - Нафтогаз

On the eve of consultations on gas transit with the participation of representatives of the European Commission, Russia and Ukraine, but Gazprom.

Representatives of the Russian Gazprom did not attend the trilateral talks at the expert level on the transit of gas through Ukraine. On Thursday, 13 September, said the head of Naftogaz Andrey Kobelev, reports RBC-Ukraine.

“Yesterday, consultations were held between representatives of the Russian Federation, the European Commission… Alas, for some reason, Gazprom did not attend these consultations, he believes that it is not quite interesting, but all the others were present,” he said.

According to him, the meeting, in particular, presented a report.

“From this report, the red line is clearly seen as the Russians, and including representatives of the European Commission is actively used against Ukrainian positions tool or an argument that we’re still not finished your homework,” – said KOBOLEV.

In particular, according to him, Ukraine accused is still not completed unbundling.

KOBOLEV noted that the representatives of the European Commission was brought Ukraine’s position that, pending the completion of the contract with Gazprom unbundling is impossible.

It should be noted that today the Supervisory Board of Naftogaz and gas pipelines of Ukraine signed a Memorandum of understanding on the separation of transmission system operator (unbundling).

Supervisory boards intend to develop and propose to the government a joint plan regarding the interim measures for the implementation of unbundling GTS 1 January 2020.

We will remind, the first for a long time negotiations on gas took place on 17 July in Berlin. The EU and Russia praised a meeting at which the parties exchanged their opinions and suggestions without the achievements of any agreement.

In particular, Russia and Ukraine recognized the need for a new type of contracts for gas transit and will have to comply with European legislation.

It was also decided that all three parties will authorize high-level experts to work on four areas: the gas needs of the EU; how the application of EU law in Ukraine will influence future transit contract; certified operator of the gas transportation system; rates.

The next meeting at the political level can take place in the month of October.


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