"Ukraine is a
powerful transit country. We will ensure transit, and appeal to the European
partners to enter into direct relations with Ukrainian companies dealing with
transit of gas," said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk during
an opening ceremony of the 12th meeting of the Ministerial Council of Energy
Community in Kyiv on Tuesday, September 23.
"It is contained
in the Third Energy Package and we all need that - to have direct relations and
direct obligations. Ukraine is ready to meet all the commitments signed between
the EU and Ukraine", - said the Head of Government.
noted that a new type of weapon emerged in the world, which is energy: "I think
that our common goal is to make energy a source of development instead of being
a mechanism of pressure".
He stressed that energy
dependence is a huge challenge not only for Ukraine but also for EU member states
and the countries that ratified the Third Energy Package: "We understand
that Russia is still one of the key suppliers of natural gas to Europe, the EU
and Ukraine. But we understand that if we act together, if we are united and
create transparent market rules - none, including Russia, will use natural gas
as a weapon against our economies and our countries."
"I am convinced that together with the EU countries, with members of the Energy Community we will establish new transparent market rules. We will do everything in power to ensure independence in
energy issues for our countries, to ensure energy efficiency, and guarantee all types of security, including energy security, for
our people," - said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Moreover, the Prime Minister has
also reminded that a few months ago Ukraine offered the Russian party "a
purely market-based approach" on gas supplies, however, the Russian side
rejected it: "Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against the Russian "Gazprom", and we are expecting the court’s decision,
but it takes time. We will solve this problem in synergy with the European
Commission - it should be a common approach and a joint decision".