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Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Channel 5: Reduction of gas deliveries from Russia to the EU is a serious alarm for EU
12.09.2014 | 21:31

Russia's actions with regard to cutting gas supply to the EU member states is a very important alarm for the European Union, said the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk in an interview with Channel 5 on Friday, September 12.

"We have declared for dozens times that Russia plans to begin with Ukraine and will end in the European Union. Hence, what was done by Russia yesterday, when it reduced 10% gas supply to the European Union countries, is a very important alarm for the European Union", - he stressed.

"What will happen? You'll see that in 5-10 years this will lead to the situation when Europe will try to do everything possible to refuse Russian gas. The way Ukraine started doing everything possible to reduce its dependence on Russian gas", - said the Prime Minister.

The Head of Government reminded that Ukraine had cut by 30% its gas consumption: "There are objective and subjective reasons. A subjective reason is the war in the East, as the industry consumes less. An objective reason is people began to use less gas. Everyone responded with the national and patriotic spirit: we are not going to pay money to the Russians, as then for these funds Russia buys tanks and comes to our Donetsk and Luhansk".

He noted that Ukraine had almost accumulated 17 billion cubic meters: "Out of 25 billion cubic meters of gas, we were buying from Russia, 15 are now bought from the European Union member countries".

"We need 5 billion cubic meters of gas more to get through the winter. If we make full use of all the production capacity of the European Union, it will be very difficult, but we will pass the winter through" said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

The PM stressed the need for austerity: "Much will depend on temperature regimes. We'll have to see when to start the heating season, whether to extend vacations in schools and universities, how to build the work of public authorities. We have to overcome this winter. And we will succeed".




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