Ukraine ready to halt transit if Europe drops Russian gas – head of parliament’s energy committee

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Ukraine is ready to stop the transit of Russian gas if Europe decides to abandon Russian supplies.

This was announced during a briefing at the Ukraine-Ukrinform Media Center by Andriy Gerus, Chairman of the Energy Committee of the Verkhovna Rada.

“As soon as European countries stop buying Russian gas, we will be happy to stop transiting it. That’s why a united common position is important. We support the embargo on oil, petroleum products, coal and gas,” Gerus said.

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He stressed that Ukraine buys gas on the European market and the decision not to sign contracts with Gazprom is a matter of principle.

The MP expressed the hope that the European Union will support the sixth sanctions package against Russia, which includes a gradual embargo on the country’s oil supplies, and will start preparations for the seventh package. He stressed that the aggressive power must understand that war has a high cost.

EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said earlier that Gazprom’s refusal to fulfill its contractual obligations and the suspension of gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria testified to Russia’s unreliability as a gas supplier.

On April 27, the Russian monopoly Gazprom completely suspended gas supplies from the Bulgarian company Bulgargaz and the Polish company PGNiG due to the latter’s refusal to pay for the gas in Russian rubles.

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