Shmyhal: Ukraine will not buy gas directly from Russia

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Ukraine did not plan to negotiate with the Russian Federation to conclude a direct contract for the supply of natural gas, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

“Such negotiations are not planned,” he said.

The Prime Minister recalled that over 18.5 billion cubic meters (to date 18.7 billion cubic meters) of gas had already been accumulated in the underground storage facilities (UGS) of Ukraine.  

According to him, no need to expect a significant re-export to the European market of gas owned by foreign traders, which is stored in the Ukrainian underground storage facilities.

“In any case, the first proposal is always made to Ukraine in such cases. With a 100% probability, the gas that is in Ukraine will be used here,” Shmygal said.

According to Ukrtransgaz, as of October 1, 2021, foreign service customers store 2.8 billion cubic meters of gas in a customs warehouse mode, resident companies – 0.8 billion cubic meters.

Ukraine has not imported natural gas under a contract with PJSC Gazprom (RF) for almost six years - since November 26, 2015, purchasing the resource exclusively on the western border of the country.

As reported, on December 30, 2019, representatives of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, the GTS Operator of Ukraine and PJSC Gazprom signed agreements necessary to continue the transit of Russian gas through the territory of Ukraine until 2024 inclusive.

Tags: The Cabinet of Ministers, Naftogaz, contracts, gas imports, UGSF, RF, foreign affairs, heating season, Putin, Ukraine, price, gas supplies, Shmyhal, Europe

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