Brussels decides fate of Russian gas in Ukraine

Trilateral talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU on gas supplies to Ukraine started today in Brussels at 3.00pm. The talks were preceded by a meeting of the Russian delegation with the Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union, Maros Sefkovic, and negotiated the summer gas supplies to Donbas. The problem had previously been raised in the format on October 31, 2014, when the conditions for winter gas supplies to Ukraine had been set, including the prepayment for gas until March 31, 2015.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the summer gas supplies will not be discussed. In his words, Russia will supply Donbas only if Naftogaz expresses its refusal to supply them in written form. He reminded that Russia was supplying Donbas with 12 million cubic meters of gas a day, according to the Gazprom-Naftogaz contract of 2009. 

Anna Kaisa Itkonen, spokeswoman of the European Commission for energy, stated that gas supplies to Donbas and Ukraine as a whole should be discussed separately. 

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman of the Russian president, told Vestnik Kavkaza that Russia could stop supplying Ukraine with gas if Kiev would not make prepayments.

Vyacheslav Kulagin, the director of the Center for Studies of World Energy Markets at the RAS Institute of Energy Research, predicts that Russia would prefer to stop supplying Ukraine with gas, especially considering that Ukrainian colleagues had gotten used to it at the end of 2014. Transit of gas to Europe will continue, he believes. Kulagin assured that Russia would not stop supplying Luhansk and Donetsk with gas. 

Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor-in-chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs, assumes that cutting the gas supply to Ukraine would be a blow for Russia, so Gazprom should seek a compromise. Ukraine, the expert supposes, could use the gas issue as a reason to demonize Russia.

Brussels started trilateral talks of Russia, Ukraine and the EU on gas supplies to Ukraine at 3.00pm. The talks were preceded by a meeting of the Russian delegation with Vice President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy Union, Maros Sefkovic and negotiated the summer gas supplies to Donbas. The problem had previously been raised in the format on October 31, 2014, when the conditions for winter gas supplies to Ukraine had been set, including the prepayment for gas until March 31, 2015.Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the summer gas supplies will not be discussed. In his words, Russia will supply Donbas only if Naftogaz expresses its refusal to supply them in a written form. He reminded that Russia was supplying Donbas with 12 million cubic meters of gas a day, according to the Gazprom-Naftogaz contract of 2009.Anna Kaisa Itkonen, spokeswoman of the European Commission for energy, stated that gas supplies to Donbas and Ukraine as a whole should be discussed separately.Dmitry Peskov, spokesman of the Russian president, told Vestnik Kavkaza that Russia could stop supplying Ukraine with gas if Kiev would not make prepayments.Vyacheslav Kulagin, the director of the Center for Studies of World Energy Markets at the RAS Institute of Energy Research, predicts that Russia would prefer to stop supplying Ukraine with gas, especially considering that Ukrainian colleagues had gotten used to it at the end of 2014. Transit of gas to Europe will continue, he believes. Kulagin assured that Russia would not stop supplying Luhansk and Donetsk with gas.Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor-in-chief of the Russia in Global Affairs Journal, assumes that cutting the gas supply to Ukraine would be a blow for Russia, so Gazprom should seek for a compromise. Ukraine, the expert supposes, could use the gas issue as a reason for demonization of Russ

2300 views


More Russian news

 Russia#039s Envoy: NATO strengthening in Europe is Cold War relic

Russia's Envoy: NATO strengthening in Europe is Cold War relic

NATO's strengthening in Europe has provoked a qualitative turn for the worse, the situation looks very dangerous, Russia's Permanent Representative to the alliance Alexander Grushko said during a video conference at …

 Kremlin: Europe and US should tackle their relations by themselves

Kremlin: Europe and US should tackle their relations by themselves

The European Union and the United States should sort out bilateral relations on their own, the matter does not bother Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, commenting on German Chancellor Angela …

Novak: no subsidy requests from Russian oil companies after extended OPEC deal

Novak: no subsidy requests from Russian oil companies after extended OPEC deal

Russian oil companies have not requested subsidies in connection with the extended Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' (OPEC) agreement to cut production, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said. …

Putin arrives in France to meet Macron

Putin arrives in France to meet Macron

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in France to hold his first meeting with new French President Emmanuel Macron in the Palace of Versailles. The Russian and French leaders will attend a large …

Children’s decade declared in Russia

Children’s decade declared in Russia

The Children’s Decade, which will be declared in Russia in 2018-2027, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decree, will become a very important period, the country's Deputy Prime Minister Olga …

Kremlin on Putin-Macron talks agenda

Kremlin on Putin-Macron talks agenda

The war on terror will be an important issue on the agenda of today’s talks between Russian and French Presidents Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "The issue of the …

Huntsman may replace Tefft as US ambassador to Russia

Huntsman may replace Tefft as US ambassador to Russia

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft, whose term expires this autumn, confirmed today that former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman may replace him. "We are waiting for Huntsman," Tefft said on the …

Putin declares Children’s Decade in Russia

Putin declares Children’s Decade in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree declaring the years 2018-2027 to be the Children’s Decade in Russia. The directive was published on the country’s Official Internet Portal of Legal Information …

Kudrin: ruble to drop by end of year if oil prices remain at current level

Kudrin: ruble to drop by end of year if oil prices remain at current level

The Russian national currency may drop to slightly more than 60 rubles per $1 by the end of this year if oil prices remain at the current level, the head of Russia’s Center for Strategic Research (CSR) and ex-Finance Minister …

G7 summit proves Russia#039s return not needed

G7 summit proves Russia's return not needed

The results of the latest Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy showcase that Russia's return to a format is generally not needed, Russia's Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said. …

more Russian news