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Ukraine can’t guarantee full transit of gas to Europe, warns Russian energy minister

Published time: May 04, 2014 05:04
Reuters / Gleb Garanich

Reuters / Gleb Garanich

Russia’s energy minister has warned that the situation concerning the injection of natural gas into Ukraine’s underground gas storage facilities is very critical, and Kiev, along with the EU, must take measures to ensure uninterrupted supply to Europe.

Aleksandr Novak reminded reporters that during Friday’s Warsaw meeting, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yury Prodan stated Ukraine can’t guarantee the injection of the required amount of gas into its underground gas storage facilities (UGS) during the summer months, which means that Ukraine no longer guarantees the transit of gas to Europe in the amounts agreed in contracts between Russian gas giant Gazprom and EU customers.

Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union failed to reach an agreement on gas supply issues during three-party talks in Warsaw on Friday. The parties gathered to search for a solution to the “crisis situation” around Ukraine's payments for Russian gas, according to the Russian Energy Ministry.

Novak told reporters on Saturday that the situation is very critical, and that the EU and Ukraine need to take steps towards resolving the transit issue.

"It's very disturbing information, because we believe that it is unacceptable. It is necessary for Ukraine as well as our European partners - who are equally responsible for ensuring gas transit via Ukraine - to take urgent measures,” Novak said.

Novak estimated that Ukraine needs to inject 12 billion cubic meters of gas during the summer period to be all set for winter use and its transit obligations. The summer gas injection will ensure gas transit to Europe via Ukraine flows without interruption all year round.

According to EU energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger, the sides have agreed to hold two more rounds of consultations, in two and four weeks. During their next meeting in mid-May, the sides will focus on gas prices for Ukraine, Oettinger told journalists on Friday.

Comments (19)


Steven Jefferson 06.05.2014 09:51

Much worse is the fact that, with a bunch of Fascist maniacs in power in Kiev, the Ukraine cannot guarantee the safety of the four nuclear power plants in the country.

I'm amazed that nobody in the media is picking up on this clear and present danger. If these four plants melt down as Chernobyl (in the Ukraine) did, it will affect the whole of Western and Northern Europe.


Catmandu 06.05.2014 08:23

[quote name='Mats Lindblad' time='06.05.2014 01:09']
No by ship, from the US.
I don't understand why no-one has commented on it yet.

Commented on many times, there are a few niggling little problems with the plan.

No LNG gas loading terminals on US eastern seaboard.

N o ships to transport it with

No terminals in Europe to offload it to

The cost of gas will have to rise about 5 times what it is now to cover all this.

The best estimate of delivery is about 2030

Don't hold your breath waiting for US gas!!!


Mats Lindblad 06.05.2014 01:09

bruce-wayne 05.05.2014 19:52

- - -
Iran? LOL


No by ship, from the US.
I don't understand why no-one has commented on it yet. The US starts trouble in Ukraine, makes everyone blaim Russia and then makes a deal with Europe to supply gas. Merkel said she didn't trust the US but she's more than willing to make a gas deal with them?
The game isn't even well played, it's just stupid.

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