In Ukraine, they told how Russia "outwitted" Europe

Facilities at the onshore intersection of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Russia - 1920, 23.10.2021

KIEV, 23 October – The Ukrainian gas transportation system can provide up to 146 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe at competitive rates, said Serhiy Makogon, General Director of the Ukrainian Gas Transmission System Operator, during the Ukrainian Gas Investment Congress.
“Ukraine is ready to guarantee the further provision of natural gas transit services to Europe with a volume of up to 146 billion cubic meters at competitive tariffs. However, in order to be completely competitive, an appropriate field of competition is needed – with the same rules, requirements, opportunities and conditions for all market players. That is, all transit routes must operate in accordance with the directives of the Third Energy Package with the ability to exercise our rights. As a country, we did everything that was required by the EU norms – we unbundled the GTS Operator, we have transparent tariff setting, European energy legislation and network codes have been introduced. Next step – for the EU, because first of all Europe will suffer from Gazprom’s monopoly on gas transit “, – the press service of the company quotes Makogon.
According to Sergei Makogon, certification of the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will be indicative of compliance with the EU energy solidarity principle. Indeed, the Nord Stream 2 AG certification violates the requirements of the EU Gas Directive and will allow the Nord Stream 2 operator to remain a part of the Gazprom group, that is, under the control of the dominant market player and without the ability to independently and impartially ensure gas transportation through the appropriate gas pipeline.
As Serhiy Makogon noted, for the further development of the gas market in both Ukraine and Europe, it is important to preserve the physical transit of gas through the territory of Ukraine, provide access to foreign traders to Ukrainian UGS facilities, increase gas production to Ukraine and improve energy efficiency and prepare for the transportation of renewable gases.
Since November 2015, Ukraine has stopped purchasing gas from Russia, and instead is pumping fuel purchased through reverse in Europe into storage facilities and has repeatedly stated that it does not plan to resume direct gas supplies from the Russian Federation.
Earlier, Germany and the United States issued a joint statement, which refers to measures to support Ukraine, European energy security and common goals to protect the climate. It formulates a number of conditions for the operation of Nord Stream 2. In particular, the United States and Germany stated that in the interests of Ukraine and Europe to continue the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after 2024, Berlin undertakes to use all available levers to facilitate the extension of the gas transit agreement between Ukraine and Russia for up to 10 years, including the appointment of a special envoy to support these negotiations, to begin no later than September 1, 2021. In particular, Germany is committed to seeking sanctions against Russia if it uses energy as a weapon against European countries.
At the end of 2019, Russia and Ukraine signed a package of agreements on the continuation of gas transit through the territory of the republic, including a transit contract for five years, according to which Gazprom guarantees the pumping of 65 billion cubic meters of gas in the first year and 40 billion in the next four. These arrangements ensured that transit continued beyond the expiration of the previous contract.

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