The proposal of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to reduce the transit of additional volumes of gas by 50 percent for Gazprom was submitted to the Ministry of Economy and Energy of Germany. Thus, German Ambassador to Ukraine Anka Feldguzen responded to a request to comment on Kyiv’s initiative, UNIAN reports.
According to her, the agency comes similarly with other ideas of the Ukrainian side. “We will talk intensively about this proposal and try to keep the transit through Ukraine together with Ukraine,” the diplomat stressed.
Feldgusen did not talk about the possible consequences of the proposal. However, she suggested that Ukraine work towards hydrogen energy in order not only to ensure its own energy independence, but also to export gas.
During the press conference, the ambassador clarified that by 2024 the transit of gas through Ukraine is provided by the current agreement with the Russian company, so it is too early to talk about its preservation.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky offered Gazprom a 50 percent discount on transit gas supplies to Europe in excess of the 40 billion cubic meters per year set by the contract. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of the Republic Oleksiy Danilov clarified that Ukraine is ready to offer the European Union to pump an additional 55 billion cubic meters per year. Such a volume, according to Kyiv, makes the commissioning of Nord Stream-2 meaningless.
Germany is a major supporter of the pipeline in Europe, as it will allow it to receive gas directly from Russia without intermediaries. In the summer of this year, it undertook to help maintain transit through Ukraine and assist the republic in the development of hydrogen energy in exchange for the US refusal to prevent the laying of pipes.
The Ukrainian authorities were dissatisfied with the agreement, as the guarantees are framework in nature. In addition, Kyiv does not rule out that after the launch of the new route, Gazprom may either reduce supplies so much that Naftogaz will have to completely close transit, or will deliberately expose the Ukrainian company as an unreliable supplier.