Having received billions, Naftogaz voiced new claims against Moscow


The level of "efficiency" in managing the domestic oil and gas industry is just off the charts. Gazprom had barely signed a 5-year gas transit contract with Ukraine, having paid 3 billion in fines and “settled” all litigation, as Naftogaz brought him new claims for $ 7 billion. How did this become possible?


We are talking about the Crimean assets of the Ukrainian gas company that it lost when the peninsula returned to the Russian Federation. At the same time, the amount of claims is constantly growing. In 2015, it was estimated at 1,15 billion dollars. In 2017, it was already 2,6 billion. In the last 2019 year, 5,2 billion dollars. And with interest, the total figure exceeds 7 billion dollars.

Moreover, Kiev will not even demand it from Gazprom, but from all of Russia as a state as a whole, by contacting the International Tribunal in The Hague. Considering how the judicial practice is developing in foreign courts regarding the proceedings between Ukraine and Russia, the prospect is awful. It remains to ask a legitimate question - why the problem with Crimean assets was not resolved when the 5-year transit agreement was signed?

On December 26, 2019, an article entitled “Kiev would not mind promoting Gazprom for new billions” was published on Reporter. Sadly, we were right again with a negative outlook. In that ARTICLES we cited the opinion of Russian international lawyer Kira Sazonova:

If now the rejection of claims is formally fixed, then we can count on the best. But in the case of very insignificant, non-detailed indexing of all circumstances (a lot depends on the skill of lawyers), the situation may be unpredictable.


Alas, the worst happened. "Surprisingly". It’s just that Gazprom once again caved in before Kiev and Europe. The issue of Crimean assets has long been a question. Due to the not fully regulated status of the peninsula, which was “painful” for the EU and Independent, our “national treasure” simply put it out of the picture. Apparently, to make partners nice.

Done. And now it has flown in, but not to Gazprom, but to all of Russia for the actions of its leadership. If they didn’t forget, on New Year’s Day everyone was scared by the “gas war”, which should freeze the Independent and the EU. In the hands of the domestic monopolist there were serious trump cards, thanks to which it was possible to finally close the issue of Crimean assets by adding them to the package agreement. Not closed.

Now all of Russia will have to puff for him in the openly politicized Hague Tribunal. The only hope for an agreement with Ukraine of 1998 on the mutual protection of investments. The defense’s position will be that since Kiev does not recognize Crimea as Russian, then compensation is not required. But practice shows that in biased international courts all doubts are interpreted in favor of Ukraine.

Consequently, the Hague Tribunal for Crimean Assets is ahead of us, where Russia and its subsequent arrests of foreign assets will be responsible for Gazprom and its top managers.
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  1. steelmaker Online
    steelmaker 12 January 2020 11: 46
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    And I repeat:

    To “steer” like Miller, BRAINS are not needed, just CONSCIENCE is not enough!
  2. Marzhecki Offline
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 12 January 2020 12: 04
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    Quote: steel maker
    And I repeat:

    To "steer" like Miller, BRAINS are not needed, enough CONSCIENCE is not necessary!

    Privatization of profits in the nationalization of losses. request
  3. kartalovkolya Offline
    kartalovkolya 12 January 2020 12: 55
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    Isn’t it time for us to send The Hague along with the Ukrainians to a well-known address. After all, our Constitutional Court has clearly defined the priority of our legislation and, on the basis of this, send this gang-watering far, far and shallow forest ... So, "cut the dumbbells, they are golden" and choose paper for claims softer!
    1. Nick Offline
      Nick (Nikolai) 12 January 2020 13: 21
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      Quote: kartalovkolya
      Isn’t it time for us to send The Hague along with the Ukrainians to a well-known address.

      Gold words! Only Putin has already sent all this Hague-Tramp with his Order on November 16.11.2016, XNUMX.
      So the indignation of the author and commentators is just a concussion. Russia has been outside the jurisdiction of the Hague Tribunal for more than three years.
      Sincerely. hi
    2. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 12 January 2020 16: 09
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      kartalovkolya
      And this also directly affects other countries, but we are not selling ourselves all this to ourselves:

      ..our Constitutional Court clearly defined the priority of our legislation and on the basis of what, send this gang-watering far, far and shallow forest ..?

      If you do not adhere to the decisions of international courts authorized to resolve such disputes, I’m afraid you just have to stop exporting hydrocarbons and drive gas with oil in a circle from Siberia to the western border and back. Also, in principle, an option, and there will be no disputes and grievances.
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  5. DPN Offline
    DPN (DPN) 12 January 2020 14: 52
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    While Russia is bending, it is NECESSARY to push further, it will not be worse, the USA will support.
  6. Yuri Mikhailovsky (Yuri Mikhailovsky) 12 January 2020 16: 27
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    But we didn’t know them ... a freebie, as a national policy and essence.
  7. Marzhecki Offline
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 12 January 2020 18: 15
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    Quote: Arkharov
    If you do not adhere to the decisions of international courts authorized to resolve such disputes, I’m afraid you just have to stop exporting hydrocarbons and drive gas with oil in a circle from Siberia to the western border and back.

    Sorry, you're right. Ignore is not worth it, we do not live in a vacuum.
    1. cmonman Offline
      cmonman (Garik Mokin) 12 January 2020 21: 03
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      Ignore is not worth it, we do not live in a vacuum.

      Sergey, and you are changing for the better !!!! I would add: “We are not alone on the globe.”
  8. cmonman Offline
    cmonman (Garik Mokin) 12 January 2020 20: 30
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    There was an article in the Reporter a couple of days ago:

    Naftogaz "announced the preparation of new lawsuits against Russia for $ 7 billion.

    https://topcor.ru/12665-naftogaz-zajavil-o-podgotovke-novyh-iskov-protiv-rossii-na-7-mlrd-dollarov.html#comment

    This article echoes the previous one and even casually mentions the reason for the claims:

    The issue of Crimean assets has long been a question. Due to the not fully regulated status of the peninsula, which was for the EU and the Independent “painful” ...

    “Painful - not painful” - these are all feelings. The main reason for the lawsuit is the unregulated status of the peninsula.
    In that article, I provided a link:

    A Swiss court ordered Russia to pay Ukraine $ 2 million for the Crimea.

    https://www.mk.ru/economics/2020/01/10/shveycarskiy-sud-obyazal-rossiyu-zaplatit-ukraine-za-krym.html

    And it was one lawsuit, and there will be more.

    ... In total, Ukrainian companies (such as Ukrnafta, Oschadbank, Lugzor, Stabil, Everest, Privatbank) and entrepreneurs (oligarch Igor Kolomoisky) filed eight lawsuits to protect their investments in Crimea.

    Gazprom operates in the international space, where private property is inviolable and where court decisions are binding and independent of “Wishlist”. Both Gazprom and Russia will have to pay for squeezed Ukrainian property. Otherwise, they will begin to seize assets abroad - close accounts, seize real estate, ships, aircraft, etc. Moreover, precedents were successful.
    From the article:

    The defense’s position will be that since Kiev does not recognize Crimea as Russian, then compensation is not required.

    This is the right argument for readers of the article. For lawyers of any capitalist and democratic country, there is only one law - private property is inviolable.
    From the article:

    Now all of Russia will have to puff for him in the openly politicized Hague Tribunal.

    Not the first time - you have to raise / raise / cut something to compensate ...
  9. Marzhecki Offline
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 13 January 2020 06: 01
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    Quote: cmonman
    Ignore is not worth it, we do not live in a vacuum.

    Sergey, and you are changing for the better !!!! I would add: “We are not alone on the globe.”

    Who are the judges?
    1. cmonman Offline
      cmonman (Garik Mokin) 14 January 2020 05: 17
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      Who are the judges?

      Those who discovered that the earth is round!
  10. Marzhecki Offline
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 13 January 2020 06: 02
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    Quote: Nick
    Quote: kartalovkolya
    Isn’t it time for us to send The Hague along with the Ukrainians to a well-known address.

    Gold words! Only Putin has already sent all this Hague-Tramp with his Order on November 16.11.2016, XNUMX.
    So the indignation of the author and commentators is just a concussion. Russia has been outside the jurisdiction of the Hague Tribunal for more than three years.
    Sincerely. hi

    And Russian assets abroad in what jurisdiction are located? What are you, as small children?
  11. Marzhecki Offline
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 13 January 2020 06: 16
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    Quote: cmonman
    Ignore is not worth it, we do not live in a vacuum.

    Sergey, and you are changing for the better !!!! I would add: “We are not alone on the globe.”

    I am a lawyer by my first education and I understand how all this can turn out. If Gazprom wants to work in the European market, then you will have to do it according to their rules and answer according to them. The question is how Gazprom management does all this. request
    1. Bulanov Offline
      Bulanov (Vladimir) 13 January 2020 11: 31
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      If Gazprom supports the Echo of Moscow radio station, then what did you expect from it?
      1. cmonman Offline
        cmonman (Garik Mokin) 14 January 2020 04: 15
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        I can help...!
        Applications that the "Echo of Moscow" a hidden foreign agent, where to carry?
    2. cmonman Offline
      cmonman (Garik Mokin) 14 January 2020 04: 37
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      ... then you have to do it according to their rules and answer according to them.

      Tell me, Sergey, as a lawyer and as a citizen of Russia - what is the system in Russia? Capitalist, socialist, percentage of one-two-three?

      How capitalism and private property are related (June 2019):

      https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/040615/how-are-capitalism-and-private-property-related.asp

      Private property rights are central to the capitalist economy, its implementation and its legal protection. Capitalism is built on the free exchange of goods and services between different parties, and no one can rightfully trade property that they do not own. And [i] on the contrary, property rights provide the legal basis for prosecuting aggression against involuntary methods of obtaining resources; there is no need for capitalist trade in a society where people can simply take from others what they want by force or the threat of force.

      If capitalism is in Russia, then these “their rules”, as you put it, apply to Russia. If private property rights in Russia are not protected, then, as a lawyer, tell me - what did you build in Russia?