© REUTERS / Gleb Garanich.Workers on underground gas storage in Ukraine. Archival photos, Ukraine is ready to halt the gas transit from Russia, said the head of the Ministry Alexey Orzhel in the program “Svoboda words” on ICTV.”We prepared for the situation, in particular, to stop transportation across the Ukrainian territory”, — he said, explaining that Ukrainian UGS uploaded “record” amount of blue fuel.According to the Minister, the volumes of gas accumulated is such that Ukraine could go cold season “without any conveyance or supply of gas.”He added that Kiev does not exclude the importance of signing a new contract on gas transit.
The debate about transit
Russia earlier agreed to consider the possibility to conclude a new agreement on gas transit on conditions of the European hand, if the Ukrainian authorities will adopt relevant legislation. However, tripartite consultations held recently, was unsuccessful.Brussels and Kiev have taken note of the opinion of Moscow on a batch solution to the issue of transit along with the litigation and the gas supply to Ukraine, but was not ready to answer.
The European Commission has put forward a “plan B”. According to him, in the framework of a new long-term agreements, which insists Kyiv and require time to implement legislative standards of the EU, should provide the possibility of short term allocation of transit capacity for a period from the first January to the first of June.The existing contracts between Russia and Ukraine on the transit and supply of natural gas is completed in late 2019.Earlier Vladimir Putin said that Moscow and Kiev it is necessary to nullify the claims of the gas disputes.