Gazprom did not offer Ukraine to buy Russian gas, the words of the head of the company, Alexei Miller, were addressed to partners from the EU countries. This is stated on July 24 in the commentary of “Gazprom”.
“We draw your attention to the fact that no one offered Ukraine to buy Russian gas. The comments of Alexei Miller, Chairman of the Management Board of Gazprom, are addressed to our partners from the EU countries, primarily German ones, ”reads a statement from the Gazprom Information Department.
It is clarified that Miller’s words about the possibility of new gas purchases by Europe are related, among other things, to the issue of decarbonization of the EU economy.
Earlier on the same day, Yuriy Vitrenko, Chairman of the Board of Naftogaz Ukrainy, said that Gazprom’s proposals to ensure and increase gas transit through Ukraine with additional purchases of Russian gas confirm Moscow’s desire for Kiev to negotiate fuel transit directly.
On July 22, Alexey Miller did not rule out the possibility of increasing the volume of gas transit through the territory of Ukraine. These issues, he said, should be resolved on market conditions and at market prices.
He noted that Gazprom “emphasized its readiness to continue gas transit through Ukraine”, including after 2024, “based on the economic feasibility and technical condition of the Ukrainian gas transportation system.”
On July 21, it became known that Germany and the United States had reached an agreement on Nord Stream 2. Thus, Berlin will take measures to support the European energy market. Germany is obliged to take measures, up to and including sanctions against Russia, if it restricts energy supplies. Germany will also allocate € 200 million to support Ukraine’s energy sector and organize a $ 1 billion fund to ensure its energy security.
On July 24, Artem Tuzov, director of the capital market department at Univer Capital, said that Nord Stream 2 is primarily an economic project that saves on the costs of delivering Russian gas through Ukraine.
Nord Stream 2 is being built from Russia to Germany along the Baltic seabed with the aim of direct gas supplies to Europe. The EU countries mainly support the project and participate in its implementation. The Baltic states, Poland, the USA and Ukraine are opposed.