MOSCOW, 21 Feb – In Europe, against the backdrop of Kyiv’s statements on the future of the contract on the transit of Russian gas, they are in no hurry to put an end to this issue; Russia intends to develop cooperation in the energy sector with those countries who are interested in this, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin said in an interview.
He noted that statements are being made from Kyiv about their reluctance to negotiate with Russia on the extension of the current contract, but “at the same time, Europe is in no hurry to finally put an end to this issue.”
“Russia, in turn, further intends to develop mutually beneficial cooperation in the energy sector with those countries that are interested in this,” the diplomat concluded.
In May 2022, Ukraine stopped receiving gas for transit through the Sokhranovka gas measuring station, citing the fact that it is under the control of Russian forces (on the territory of the LPR). As a result, there is only one entrance left for gas transit to Europe – the Sudzha GIS. Gazprom stated that transferring all volumes to Sudzha is technologically impossible. Gazprom official representative Sergei Kupriyanov said that the company supplies gas through Ukraine to the Sudzha gas station – 41.5 million cubic meters as of February 18.
At the same time, the transit agreement between Gazprom and Ukraine assumes that the guaranteed daily pumping volume (on both sides) from 2021 is 109.6 million cubic meters.
Earlier, the media reported, citing sources in the Ukrainian government, that Ukraine does not intend to renew the gas transit agreement. European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said she notified Ukraine that the EU is not interested in extending the agreement on the transit of Russian gas to Europe, which expires at the end of 2024.