In the course of tripartite consultations
Ukraine and the EU developed a common position, which is Russia's actions
threaten both military and global energy security. The Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a Government meeting on Wednesday, August 27.
The Head of Government stressed that the
situation in energy complex is difficult: "We know about the plans of
Russia in winter to halt transit of gas, even to the European Union member
states. And that's why their [Russian - ed.] companies were instructed to
maximally pump up gas into storages on the territory of Europe".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk informed that the Government
had accumulated in the storages 15 billion cubic meters of gas. In contrast to
5 billion cubic meters, which were in the gas storages six months ago: "We
are well aware about the plans of Russia, whose goal is to actually disconnect
Ukraine from all energy resources”.
Moreover, the Government is also engaged in
the diversification of coal supplies, "as the Russian Federation and their
mercenaries are bombing and destroying mines, we extracted steam coal
Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that Ukrainian
party had filed a claim against Russian Gazprom to
Stockholm Court with a demand to refund USD 6 billion.
The PM stressed the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
had adopted the Law “On reforming of the gas transportation system of
Ukraine" and informed he had appealed to the Chancellor of Germany Angela
Merkel and western partners to hold a public tender to attract foreign
investors to the management of the Ukrainian gas transportation system.
Also, according to him, "Naftogaz of Ukraine" has notified Russian "Gazprom" on the need to revise the rates for the
transit of Russian natural gas via the territory of Ukraine.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded about the ongoing
tripartite consultations of the European Union, Ukraine and Russia: "The
European Union and Ukraine have a common position - Russia's actions threaten
both global military security and global energy security".
“We have offered a clear market approach. And
there are two options. The first is to adopt a joint approach of the EU and
Ukraine. The second - it will be resolved exclusively by the Stockholm
Arbitration Court,” the Head of Government emphasized.
“Our position is clear and invariable.
Approaches to energy security are contained in the joint vision between Ukraine
and the European Union for the Russian Federation,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk
highlighted and added the following round of consultations between Minister of
Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Yurii Prodan, EU Commissioner for Energy Gunter Oettinger and Russian top officials is due.