The head of the Ukrainian Naftogaz, Andrei Kobolev, called the Russian “Gazprom” a fat bear, who uses his position, reports TASS . The top manager compared the Russian concern with the bear in the shop, and the bear behaves not aggressively, but rather calmly. The reform of the gas transportation system (GTS) of Ukraine is hampered by the dispute between Naftogaz and Gazprom, Kobolev said. Related materials 00:04 – 2nd of March Of the 124 billion cubic meters of gas that passed through the Ukrainian GTS in 2017, 94 billion are transit supplies, explained the head of Naftogaz. Gazprom is blocking the reform of the system, Ukraine’s agreements with neighboring countries on connecting adjacent gas transportation systems are not working now, Kobolev said. According to him, the question is whether it is possible to force Gazprom to implement the arbitration decision to resume gas transit by the end of 2019. Without the resumption of transit, Naftogaz will not be able to transform its assets and comply with the norms of the Third Energy Package of the European Union, the head of the Ukrainian company stressed. To find a solution to the division of assets, the EU needs to take a clear position on how Gazprom should comply with the law, Kobolev said. In March, Naftogaz called Gazprom is a kitten, and in April the Ukrainian company adorned his message concerning the appeal of the Russian concern to the Stockholm court, a smiling smiley. Ukraine fears that after the expiration of the contract between Gazprom and Naftogaz in late 2019, the Russian concern will stop the transit of fuel to the EU through the country. The third energy package is aimed at liberalizing the electricity and gas market in the European Union. With the help of this document, the EU hopes to limit the ownership and management of pipelines to fuel exporting companies. The European Commission is seeking a division of the business of selling and transporting gas. More important news in the Telegram channel «The ribbon of the day» . Subscribe!
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