The State Department of the United States has made clear that blackmailing a nation over gas supplies is not acceptable.
Heather Nauert, the US state department spokeswoman reacted on her Twitter page:
Gas supply and transit must never be a political weapon. We expect #Gazprom to supply gas to #Ukraine‘s transit pipeline per Stockholm Arbitration decision. #Russia should prove it is a reliable gas supplier.
— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) March 2, 2018
We remind that the Russian gas giant GazProm has begun a procedure for the termination of all gas contracts with Ukraine. This comes immediately after that the Stockholm Arbitration Court rejected Gazprom’s demands to impose fines on Ukraine, for a substantial amount of natural gas allegedly stolen by Kyiv.
Due to this affair, Ukrainian Naftogaz and the Polish company Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo (PGNiG) have signed a sales agreement for gas. Cooperation between the two companies should start soon.