Ukraine asks Russia to "patch holes" in its budget

Ukraine actively offers its underground gas storage facilities to Russian Gazprom and at the same time continues to declare that it will not allow the completion of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. However, there are two reasons why Moscow may not agree to the proposal of Kiev, according to the Canadian publication Global Research.

The Nord Stream 2 project aims to deliver Russian gas to Europe through the Baltic Sea, bypassing Ukraine. But it’s difficult for Russia to trust Ukraine, given that Kiev adheres to pro-NATO policyTherefore, Moscow is trying to reduce its risks.

The Director General of Ukraine GTS Operator Sergey Makogon suggested that Gazprom rent an underground gas storage facility for temporary storage of Russian gas transported to Europe. According to him, for Gazprom it will be 3-5 times cheaper than in the EU countries that consume this gas - only $ 10 per thousand cubic meters. Moreover, in winter, as demand in the EU grows, Gazprom will be able to take gas from these UGS facilities and send it to consumers.

At the same time, Makogon predicts that Ukraine may lose the role of transit of Russian gas in 2025 after the expiration of a five-year contract between Gazprom and Naftogaz of Ukraine, as well as the commissioning of Nord Stream-2. This will be another serious economic a blow to Ukraine, given that after commissioning the first line of the Turkish Stream, Ukraine lost 15 billion cubic meters of annual transit. And these losses will double when the second thread of the Turkish Stream starts working. So Makogon did not forget to add that he would make every effort to prevent the completion of the Nord Stream-2 construction.

That is, Makogon made two conflicting statements. The first is friendly, and the second is aggressive. By this, he once again clearly demonstrated why it is difficult for Moscow to trust Kiev.

Russian officials report that there are enough gas storages in Russia and that their country does not need the help of other countries in this regard. Even if it becomes necessary to rent UGS facilities, then in the case of Ukraine the competitive price will not be enough, as guarantees of the safety of Russian gas will be required so that the thefts that occurred in the past do not happen again.

Keep in mind that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, gas demand is declining. Therefore, Makogon’s proposal is actually rather a desperate plea related to the fact that Ukraine is experiencing a significant economic downturn. Ukraine actually asks Russia to somehow "patch holes" in its budget.

In addition, the infrastructure that Ukraine offers Russia, as a rule, is already 50 years old. Because of all this, it is extremely doubtful that an agreement will be concluded between Moscow and Kiev on the storage of Russian gas in Ukraine.
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  1. Serge Tixiy Offline Serge Tixiy
    Serge Tixiy (Serge Tixiy) 10 May 2020 19: 20
    And I want, and pricks, and the Americans do not order!
  2. Ha! Found the idiots!
  3. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 10 May 2020 22: 49
    Is it possible to entrust something to them? Soprut.
  4. AICO Offline AICO
    AICO (Vyacheslav) 11 May 2020 02: 19
    Yes, it’s easier to paraffin you below the baseboard to the bestial moo than to patch something !!!
  5. bear040 Offline bear040
    bear040 11 May 2020 05: 02
    And why should Russia help Ukraine, which screams at every corner that it is fighting with Russia and pursuing a policy of genocide of the Russian people ?!
  6. Valentine Offline Valentine
    Valentine (Valentin) 11 May 2020 06: 41
    And what, our Yeltsin "managers" Chubais, Grefs and Millers will go for this too, but only if Ukraine throws them off, then our bourgeois will ask for money from the country's budget, i.e. our money - this has happened more than once.
  7. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 11 May 2020 08: 39
    I won’t even be surprised if defective managers agree. I remember how in the midst of the conflict in 2015, Putin discussed with the head of the VTB board how to develop a banking business with Ukrainians, enchanting idiocy. And even now, they have not really imposed any sanctions, even they sold and sell fuel, everything ended with blowing up snotty bubbles and concerns.
  8. olpin51 Offline olpin51
    olpin51 (Oleg Pinegin) 11 May 2020 14: 32
    Everyone has that source of energy that is available to him.
  9. dabyl Offline dabyl
    dabyl 11 May 2020 17: 46
    There are no fools. You cannot be trusted
  10. 69 Offline 69
    69 11 May 2020 17: 48
    Banderland needs another hole, a control in the skull.
  11. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) 6 February 2021 10: 27
    Yes, they went with their storages to hell, pump them gas, and then they will steal it uncontrollably and pay nothing for it !!!