Naftogaz said why not happy with the new contract with Russia

The signing of a new five-year transit contract with Russia did not become a reason for the joy of the head of the Ukrainian Naftogaz Andrey Kobolev.

During a briefing in Kiev, he said that the Ukrainian company was not enthusiastic about signing the contract, as Naftogaz had to act as a “buffer” between Russia and Ukraine.

Kobolev explained that the inconsistency of Ukrainian laws on gas transportation led to the fact that instead of Gazprom, Naftogaz had to take all the risks that could arise as a result.

For us, these risks are common. We are not happy with this option, but it is an element of compromise

- explained the head of Naftogaz.

It is worth noting that after all the upheavals with lawsuits in international arbitrations by the Ukrainian Naftogaz, it would be surprising if Gazprom agreed to take these risks.

Moreover, we can assume that Kobolev’s dissatisfaction is caused not so much by the role of Naftogaz in the new contract, but by the fact that by abandoning lawsuits against Gazprom, the leadership of the Ukrainian company will not receive those multimillion-dollar bonuses, which it received before.

Be that as it may, Kobolev and Vitrenko will now have to exist in a new reality, and hope that Europeans will not have a reason to appeal to international arbitration with a lawsuit against Naftogaz.
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  1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
    Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 2 January 2020 15: 37
    Today a message passed - Slovakia refuses to take gas from Naftagaz - there is no contract!
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 2 January 2020 21: 50
      My comment on this is slightly lower.
  2. pafegosoff Offline pafegosoff
    pafegosoff (Arkhip Pafegosov) 2 January 2020 17: 12
    And when in Ukraine were satisfied, if not for free?
    1. A.Lex Offline A.Lex
      A.Lex (Secret information) 3 January 2020 12: 22
      And ex. The USSR is the country of a FREEBY - all for free - gas, oil, money ... If in the USSR it was one of the republics that made a significant contribution to the Union’s budget, now it’s looking for who would give the dough for free, destroying ALL to the bottom.
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  4. Panting Offline Panting
    Panting (Vyacheslav) 2 January 2020 20: 11
    Interestingly, and that "Naftogaz" is not Russia or Ukraine, but a separate state? And how, I wonder, can Russia be responsible for the gas pipeline and its condition on the territory of another state, I wonder?
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 2 January 2020 21: 48
      The board of directors of Naftogaz is located in London. Chairman of the Board of Directors - ibid. But for support, Kobolev flies to the United States. In spring, Zelensky was determined to remove Kobolev. But he flew to the owners and Zelensky somehow forgot about Kobolev’s dismissal. If Gazprom nevertheless has state participation in the management of the company (it seems even a controlling stake, but this is not accurate), then Ukraine has adopted a completely liberal model. Like in the USA, where Trump has no control over gas flows.
      As for Gazprom’s responsibility for transit through Ukraine, this ridiculous situation took place before 01.01.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX.
      Further, according to European law, the new operator of Ukraine must answer. But, since no one was able to certify it normally with the European Association of Gas Transmitters (although the time was from March 2015, they started in the fall of 2019), we had to create a gasket in the form of Naftogaz. There was no money at Naftogaz. And, in my opinion, for this they were given 3 lard. As a result, the European Association stamped the document.
      But the operator of Slovakia, apparently, has an opinion on this matter. The current configuration of companies in Ukraine does not comply with European law. Therefore, gas reception is stopped and Makogon, the head of the Ukrainian transit operator, flies to Bratislava. Since Naftogaz for Slovakia is about nothing.
      Miller warned in July that it would be interesting for the New Year.
      Moldova will accept gas, as they have no other gas yet. And Slovakia since 2019. can receive gas from the West, and they don’t need to take on excess. And the authority of Makogon, in my opinion, is not enough. Have to connect the EU.
  5. Jar.serge Offline Jar.serge
    Jar.serge (Reznik) 3 January 2020 11: 48
    Nevertheless, I did not forget to write out a "bonus" to myself, my beloved, from Gazprom's payments of several million dollars ....
    1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 3 January 2020 12: 42
      And what is a successful result, if it’s just not a fake about the prize, you can’t get it? Not with losses, like some?
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