Russia Threatens Europe with ‘Difficulties’ Over Gas Transit Through Ukraine
The Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs is warning Europe of possible issues with gas deliveries depending on negotiations over Ukrainian gas transit
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Alexander Pankin threatened European citizens of “difficulties” if their governments continue to maintain their position on gas transit through Ukraine, DW reported.
He stated that Moscow is ready to negotiate on gas transit through Ukraine only on its own terms.
According to him, if EU countries delay the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea, and continue demanding gas transfer through Ukraine on their terms, then European consumers may face difficulties.
The Russian official thinks that during the next round of transit negotiations, which are scheduled in May, “some changes in position” may happen.
Brussels hosted Trilateral talks with Ukraine, the European Commission and Russia to negotiate gas transit through Ukraine on January 21. Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev said that the Ukrainian side was ready to consider future contracts if they fully complied with European energy legislation implemented in Ukraine.