Ukraine insists that a long-term contract with Gazprom must be signed, the chairman of the Ukrainian Cabinet Aleksey Goncharuk said on November 20, the korrespondent.net portal reports.
According to Goncharuk, negotiations on the contract terms are underway to ensure the operation of the Ukrainian gas transportation system and Ukraine’s energy security. Ukraine cannot be satisfied with intermediate one-year options, because in this time Russia will complete the construction of the alternative infrastructures to supply gas to Europe, and the contract conditions will become much less favorable for Ukraine.
The current gas contract with Ukraine expires this year. With the Nord Stream 2 gas supply line still under construction, Gazprom’s obligations to its European partners can be at risk. The Russian side offered a one-year transit contract, but the Ukrainian side rejected it.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency