Ukraine not planning to negotiate with Russia on direct purchase of gas: Prime Minister

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Canan Kevser
05 October 2021, 13:29
Canan Kevser
05 October 2021, 13:29

Ukraine does not plan to negotiate with Russia to conclude a direct agreement for the supply of natural gas.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal has said this in an interview to the lb.ua portal released on Tuesday.

The prime minister said that over 18.5 billion cubic meters of gas have already been accumulated in the underground storage facilities (UGS) of Ukraine [already 18.7 billion cubic meters], the country also has its own gas production, which will allow the coming heating season to pass.

According to him, one should not 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. With a probability of 100%, the gas that is in Ukraine will be used here," Shmyhal said.

The head of government said that the Ukrainian authorities would seek to maintain gas transit through the Ukrainian GTS in the future.

"Surely, we will insist on maintaining the current level of transit for at least 15 years," he asserted.

As reported earlier, Hungary signed a new long-term contract with Russia’s Gazprom for the supply of gas bypassing Ukraine.