The gas talks, retrospective

Газовые переговоры, ретроспектива

“It is our position — we need a gas transport consortium to interest “Gazprom” to interest users in Europe and interest to Ukraine, which will carry gas,” — said in March 2019 Medvedchuk at the meeting with the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and head of Gazprom Miller. Miller and Medvedchuk agreed to grant Kiev a discount of 25% and direct supply of gas, and save the transit of Russian gas to Europe. In response to the very smart commentators in Moscow and Kiev began to organize processions in the spirit of “who they are, they do not solve the problem.” Okay. “We note the enthusiasm and the perseverance demonstrated by the “Opposition platform For life” in direct talks with the Russian party on prolongation of the contract on transit through the territory of Ukraine and at the conclusion of the contract for the supply of Russian gas to Ukraine”, — in June at the St. Petersburg international economic forum (SPIEF) Miller at a meeting with Medvedchuk confirmed the March agreement on the supply and transit of gas. In response to the very smart commentators in Moscow and Kiev continued to hold religious processions in the spirit of “who they are, they do not solve the problem.” Okay. “Discussed in detail the gas issues, including the continuation of transit and the resumption of direct supplies of Russian gas to Ukraine. The parties agreed to continue contacts at various levels”, — and this is Zelensky with Putin last night on the phone discussed the prospects of direct supplies and transit of gas. Now we see the implementation (in fact, it remains only to sign a contract) reached in March of the agreements Miller and Medvedchuk. The latter, as you know, nothing still does not solve 🙂 For Russia, the preservation of the Ukrainian transit is important for two reasons. This diversification of political risk, “Nord stream-2” (us sanctions remain a very dangerous instrument of influence and Moscow would be good to have a stable replacement pipelines). And this expected growth in gas consumption in Europe, which “Northern” and “Southern streams” just based on its capacity can not satisfy fully. Russia on the resumption of direct supplies to Ukraine only wins, as wins and Ukraine (Kiev discount of 25% is considered, as I understand it, of the cost of reverse gas, which earned the middlemen-speculators who lost direct).Thus, in Ukrainian politics continue to strengthen the position of Medvedchuk as the only negotiator at the level of Putin. And, of course, as a person contributing to the reduction of communal tariffs for ordinary Ukrainians. Before the local elections in 2020 this will be particularly important.From Kiev

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