Shmyhal: Ukraine will insist on maintaining gas transit for 15 years

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Ukraine will insist on maintaining the current level of gas transit for at least 15 years. This opinion was expressed by Denis Shmyhal.

The Prime Minister said this in an interview with, UA writes.

“We still hope that our partners, in particular the United States, will extend the sanctions. We believe that we are reckoned with when the launch and certification of Nord Stream 2 are discussed. Of course, we will insist on maintaining the current level of transit for at least 15 years” – Shmyhal said.

According to him, Gazprom reserved the capacities of the Ukrainian GTS for transit to Hungary until September 30, 2022, and must pay for them. In addition, Ukraine is currently negotiating gas transit with Romania, Moldova, and other countries.

“Transit goes not only through Ukraine, it continues in a number of European countries. They are also our neighbors and transit partners. Accordingly, we are not alone in the fight to defend our interests” – the head of government added.

According to him, the decision to maintain gas transit will not depend on Russia because fuel consumers are in Europe.

To remind, the Russian monopolist Gazprom stopped the transit of natural gas through the territory of Ukraine in the direction of Hungary on October 1 from 7 o’clock.

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