of pre-arbitration settlement of the dispute between Naftogaz
Ukraine and Russian gas monopoly Gazprom expires on
May 29. “Unless Naftogaz and Gazprom
sign an appropriate agreement, which will meet the pre-arbitration claim sent
by Ukraine almost a month ago by May 29, it means we will be seeing Russia's Gazprom in court”, Ukrainian PM Arseniy
Yatseniuk said at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, May
not made a single step to settle this dispute yet, there's no time left”, he
position on this issue is unchanged: Ukraine is ready to pay for the gas
purchased, saying that debts should be repaid. We just have to sign documents
to pay our debts,” the PM emphasized.
underlined that we want to hear from Russia as to the issue of returning to
Ukraine the 2.2 billion cubic meters of gas “that Russia stole through Chornomornaftogaz in Crimea”. “It's $1 billion at Gazprom’s prices”. I’ m not talking about Ukraine's losses
from the joining of Crimea to Russia that "are in the billions."
“If we are
for justice, we will have a fair, honest and straight talk. So Russia has
one-sided justice: everything they say is all right, all they do, attacking the
country, undermining global security system, destroying borders - it turns out
to comply with international law, and the fact that Ukraine together with the
international community is demanding to return Crimea, to return the Ukrainian
state property, to sign an agreement that would meet the basic market
principles, as it is unprofitable for Russia, that is, from their point of
view, wrong”, he stressed.
“As to the
negotiations with the Russian Federation, the Government’s position on this
issue is also unchanged. Bilateral negotiations are not possible in the current
situation without the involvement of the U.S. and the EU.”
Arseniy Yatsenyuk expressed the hope that an appropriate agreement
between Naftogaz and Gazprom
will be signed.
At the same
time, the PM stressed that we
need to build a new energy market in Europe.
He reminded that
Ukraine, unlike Russia, is a member of the Energy Charter, Ukraine takes the
third energy package. “So, we have completely different legal framework”.
“So under this gas crisis we should build a
new energy market in Europe. This means that Russian gas is not sold on the
border between Ukraine and the European Union, but on the border between
Ukraine and Russia", Arseniy Yatsenyuk
to him, the Ukrainian gas transportation system should be operated and
modernized in cooperation with European partners and partners from the United
underground storage facilities should be filled by Ukrainian, European,
wants to join, it is welcome. We will give access to all according to
international law", said the Prime Minister.