Russia, Germany discuss new transit contract with Ukraine – Deputy Prime Minister – Business and Economy
MOSCOW, October 15. / TASS /. Russia is already holding consultations with Germany on concluding a new gas transit contract with Ukraine after 2024, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on the sidelines of the Russian Week of the ‘energy.
” We meet [Georg Graf] Waldersee, representative of Germany [on gas transit through Ukraine]. We are already consulting on this situation, “he said in response to a question on when negotiations on a new gas transit contract through Ukraine after 2024 will take place.
Novak did not comment on the issues he discussed with Waldersee in a side-event meeting the day before, on October 14. “I do not think it is necessary to make our negotiations public. We are holding consultations,” said the deputy prime minister.
The agreement on gas supply and transit, which Russia and Ukraine signed in 2019, expires in 2024. Kiev has made it clear that it wants to immediately enter into a contract for gas transit through Ukraine, without waiting for 2024, at the end of the current contract with Gazprom. Ukraine believes this will be a guarantee that the transit will continue.
Kiev has repeatedly stated that the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project will pose a threat to Ukraine’s energy security. The Russian side has repeatedly emphasized that the project is commercial and that it is being implemented jointly with European partners.
The Russian Energy Week International Forum, which takes place in Moscow from October 13-15, serves as a platform to discuss the main challenges facing the energy sector. The forum is organized to show the prospects of the Russian fuel and energy industry and unlock the potential for international cooperation in the field of energy. This year, the forum contains more than 30 business events, which are expected to be attended by heads of more than 200 companies from various sectors of the fuel and power complex, oil and gas complexes, coal and electric power.