© RIA Novosti / Naftogaz of Ukraine.The head of the company “Naftogaz Ukraine” Andriy KOBOLEV. Archive photothe Head of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Andrew KOBOLEV said that the probability of signing a new contract on the transit of gas with Russia before year-end to zero.”I hope that the contract will be signed. But I think now we can say that the probability of signing a new contract before January 1 is very, very small. In mathematics there is a concept, continuously tends to zero with every minute. But hope for the best,” – said KOBOLEV Wednesday during the discussion on the selection of the operator of the gas transportation system of “Naftogaz”, which was broadcast on the company’s page in Facebook.
The current contract between Russia and Ukraine on gas transit expires in the end of this year. The Russian side at the last tripartite consultations involving the European Commission in October presented a position on the need for a batch solution of the transit question – along with lawsuits and the supply of gas to Ukraine. Kiev has stopped direct purchases of Russian gas in November 2015, supplying the fuel in reverse from Europe.In early December, at the summit of the “Normandy four” talks were held between the leaders of Russia and Ukraine to discuss gas. The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that the issue had been defused and is now at the level of advisers will discuss details. According to him, increased the likelihood of signing long-term transit contract and was able to remove the question of the payment of $ 3 billion by the decision of the Stockholm arbitration – the country agrees to receive them from Russian gas.
Then “Gazprom” and “Naftogaz” to conduct negotiations in a bilateral format. The last meeting was held in Vienna on 13 December with the participation of the Executive Director of the Ukrainian state-owned company Yuriy Vitrenko, head of the Russian company Alexey Miller. Tripartite consultations are expected on 19 December in Berlin,