Kiev found a new “serious argument” in gas negotiations with Russia

Recently сообщалосьwhy, according to the leadership of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), Ukrainian transit of Russian gas is inevitable. And now, the head of Naftogaz Ukrainy NJSC, Andrey Kobolev, announces the “serious argument” that Kiev came up with to negotiate with Brussels and Moscow about gas transit.

Kobolev wrote on his Facebook page that the decision of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (October 31, 2019) to spin off the Ukrainian gas transmission system (GTS) from Naftogaz Ukrainy and to create an independent operator would seriously help in tripartite gas transit negotiations. For clarity, it must be clarified that unbundling is a division of a company with different lines of business. At the same time, it retains its core business, but sells (transfers) assets or subsidiaries in order to create a more efficient structure.

Now we have the opportunity to complete the unbundling in time and get a serious argument in tripartite negotiations with Gazprom

- said Kobolev.

According to Kobolev, now (less than two months before the end of the 10-year gas transit contract) there are real reasons to persuade the European Union (EU) to continue to demand from Russia to maintain the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine. But it turns out that not everything is so simple. Kobolev admits that in order for the negotiations to be successful, a lot of work will have to be done. He clarified that it was still necessary to adopt network codes, to ensure the timely conclusion of a package of contracts "for the correct conduct of unbundling."
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  1. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 2 November 2019 15: 58
    Kobolev is poor, simple. Nobody will demand anything. They have long bothered everyone. There is a third energy package, within its framework there is the "Open season" procedure. That is, the party providing transit services puts these services up for auction, according to the conditions it has worked out. Moreover, one company cannot receive more than 50% of the volume of services. This means that if we consider the capacity of the Ukrainian gas transmission system 120 billion cubic meters. m, then Gazprom has no right to pump more than 60 billion. The rest is for other suppliers. True, there are no others. But these are no longer our concerns.
    If the conditions of the owner of the GTS seem uninteresting to Gazprom, then he does not agree to them. For consideration by Gazprom - 2 months. That is, if you imagine the impossible and Ukraine by 01.01.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX. If he creates and double certifies the operator, then all the same, Gazprom has the opportunity to troll Ukraine legally until March. And then refuse. And there can be no complaints to him.
    As for all kinds of vessels, the more Kobolev fusses around under the client, the more expensive it will cost Ukraine later. Miller and Novak are also people, their patience is not unlimited.
    1. 2cool Offline 2cool
      2cool (Maksim ) 3 November 2019 19: 03
      There can be no complaints, yeah. The past proceedings were also written, said, what is the result? They will again take the side they say in court. 12 billion new lawsuit, look, wait for the results.
      PS I have popcorn stock: popcorn:
      1. boriz Offline boriz
        boriz (boriz) 3 November 2019 20: 04
        Speaking of claims, I meant actions based on the results of auctions. Here he wants - agrees, not profitable - does not agree. It’s just that now the conditions are changing dramatically, for the first time Ukraine will work under the terms of the third energy package, although it has long considered itself a European power. Hence the need for unbundling (what they should have done about 5 years ago).