Kiev does not agree to renew gas transit contract with Moscow for one year – Ukraine’s PM

TASS Russian News Agency | Oct 9, 2019 at 12:28 PM

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KIEV, October 9. /TASS/. Ukraine disagrees with renewal of the gas transit contract with Russia for one year because it intends to sign a long-term agreement "under European rules," prime minister of Ukraine Alexei Goncharuk said at a briefing on Wednesday.

"It is important for Ukraine to obtain a new long-term agreement because Ukraine and our gas transmission system start working under European rules," he said. "We also aim at receiving the long-term contract because extension for one year under old rules is merely unsuitable for us," Goncharuk said.

Goncharuk added that he sides with the position of CEO of Naftogaz of Ukraine Andrei Kobolev on this issue and that Kiev will seek "to obtain the most beneficial conditions" during talks with Russia.

Gas talks with Russia will last "several months at the least," Goncharuk said. Ukraine intends to successfully implement European energy legislation during that period, the prime minister noted.

Russia is ready to sign the contract on gas transit based on the European legislation, President Vladimir Putin said at the Russian Energy Week forum on October 2. Russia is also ready to extend the gas transit contract with Ukraine for one year if Kiev fails to implement European energy legislation, Putin added. Moscow was ready for talks with Ukrainian partners on that issue long ago, while Kiev has been struggling to form necessary power bodies authorized to hold such negotiations, the Russian President noted earlier.