In Russia assessed the impact of the court of OPAL to negotiate

В РФ оценили влияние суда по OPAL на переговоры

The court’s decision to restrict the transit of Gazprom gas through the pipeline OPAL will affect the gas negotiations, said the head of the Ministry of energy.

The decision of the European court of the OPAL will have an impact on gas talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission. On Thursday, September 12, said Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak, reports TASS.

“I think, certainly, from the point of view of negotiations the situation will be taken into account, because it is, in my opinion, this decision, which affects the overall energy supply situation of European countries, with the gas flows and gas supplies. But I remind you that this decision was taken by the European Commission together with German regulator, the company, Gazprom’s decision was legally verified, consistent with the legal services of the European Commission, so we also need to understand and assess the decisions by the legal services of the European Commission”, – said Novak.

According to him, Russia will react to the court’s decision on the OPAL gas pipeline after obtaining the opinion of lawyers.

Answering the question, what would be the effect of a court decision on the gas market and on prices for European consumers, he said that it depends on the situation on the market, and following the decision of the legal actions of the participants.

We will remind, on the eve of Poland’s PGNiG win in EU Court case about the pipeline OPAL, which will allow Gazprom to abandon the gas transit through Ukraine.

A decades-old ban on access to the Russian gas monopoly to almost all facilities OPAL in October 2016, lifted by the European Commission.

However, this was opposed by the Polish gas company PGNiG and the Polish government. They filed lawsuits to the European court and the court of düsseldorf, after which the maximum utilization of Gazprom OPAL was again suspended.

In October 2017, the German court again allowed Gazprom to use OPAL at close to full capacity.


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