Russian news agency TASS has reported about Gazprom’s doubts regarding the practice of supplying Russian gas from the EU to Ukraine in reverse flow. Ukraine is believed to have received 1.7 billion cubic meters of Russian gas this year in reverse flow from neighboring Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, Russian energy giant Gazprom said on Friday, questioning the legal basis of the practice.
“To ensure reverse gas flows to Ukraine, the Ukrainian side and gas transportation companies of Poland, Hungary and Slovakia have reconstructed their gas pipeline systems, allowing transporting gas via the border and its consumption metering,” Alexander Medvedev, deputy chairman of Gazprom’s board of directors, said in an answer to an inquiry of a Russian lawmaker. In 2012-2014, Ukraine’s gas imports from Slovakia, Poland and Hungary totaled 3.8 billion cubic meters, including 1.7 billion cubic meters this year, Medvedev stressed, adding that Ukraine’s Naftogaz is not complying with the current contracts.
As it is well known, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán held talks with Gazprom leader Alexei Miller in Budapest last week and the gas export from Hungary to Ukraine has been stopped two days later. The unexpected move has raised serious concerns as much in the EU as in Ukraine. However, the Hungarian prime minister has defended the decision referring to the country’s own interests on the field of energy security.
via en.itar-tass.com photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.(bloomberg.com)