Ultimate force majeure: Ukraine is trying to break the contract for the transit of Russian gas to the EU

The Ukrainian national operator of the gas transmission system (OGTS) unilaterally decided on illegal actions, calling them forced, force majeure. However, these steps are politicalrather than technical, as stated in the message. As a matter of fact, the OGTS of Ukraine simply started an open correspondence with Gazprom, blackmailing and receiving answers from the counterparty through corporate channels, while instantly responding publicly (without time to think). A kind of “correspondence” is published by the Ukrainian industry enterprise itself.

So, it all started with the fact that on May 10, the operator of the GTS of Ukraine announced the occurrence of force majeure circumstances that allegedly make it impossible to further transport gas through the Sokhranivka gas measuring point and the Novopskov border compressor station (CS), located on the territory occupied by allied troops. Taking into account the aforementioned, the OGTSU unilaterally decided that from 7 a.m. on May 11, 2022, gas will not be accepted into the GTS of Ukraine at the physical point of the Sohranivka junction. In order to fulfill transit obligations to European partners in full and in accordance with the terms of the agreement, it is possible to temporarily transfer inaccessible capacities from the Sokhranivka physical point to the Sudzha physical connection point.

To this “offer” (and in fact an ultimatum), the management of the Russian holding replied that a quick transfer of such large volumes of raw materials (up to 30% of all transit) that went through Sokhranovka and Novopskov was impossible. Moscow also did not see any grounds for such tough and instantaneous decisions to stop pumping fuel, called force majeure. All "reasons" were rejected.

However, a public response came again from Kyiv (on the OGTS website) that the Sudzha gas receiving station could receive hundreds of millions of cubic meters of fuel. In order to prove their point of view, the Ukrainian side cited statistics for 2017-18, when more than 1400 million cubic meters per day were pumped through the 240-mm Sudzhi pipeline.

As a result, the parties could not agree. Ukraine has actually just turned off the gas valve and stops the transit of more than a quarter of the volume of export gas from May 11 through the main points of entry of raw materials. There are still no nominations for this day. Kyiv nevertheless returned to the favorite tactics of the 2000s, starting to blackmail both Russia and Europe by stopping the work of the GTS.

It is very likely that in Ukraine they decided to radically raise the stakes in the confrontation with Moscow. The signing of the lend-lease bill by President Joe Biden allows Ukraine to dream of billions of dollars of financial and technical assistance, which is why the Ukrainian authorities so easily called into question the current transit contract with Gazprom, which had been “feeding” Kyiv for quite a long time. Yesterday's sudden statements by the OGTS can be regarded as an attempt to break the transit agreement of December 2019.

One can also foresee that such baseless blackmail will not be the last. Kyiv has exhausted other arguments in the fight against Moscow, so we should expect further aggravation of gas relations between countries, in which the Europeans will be involved.
  • Used photographs: JSC "Gazprom"
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  1. andrey ivanov_2 Offline andrey ivanov_2
    andrey ivanov_2 (Andrey Ivanov) 11 May 2022 08: 37
    What else was Gazprom waiting for???? It seems that in Russia there is a dual power .......
    1. Rusa Offline Rusa
      Rusa 11 May 2022 13: 18
      Yes, this was to be expected. Now officials in Brussels and Germany will be forced to urgently put Nord Stream 2 into operation. Otherwise, the fox will come to them.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 11 May 2022 09: 15
    Money does not smell.
    Mykola Nikitas are shooting at each other, and the Millers are pumping gas. It's not a war.

    In addition to gas, much more has been going on, and perhaps still going on.
  3. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
    Michael L. 11 May 2022 09: 27
    The head of the board of NJSC Naftogaz, Yuri Vitrenko, threatened the Russian Gazprom with a new arbitration in case of non-payment for gas transit.
    Vitrenko wrote about this on his Facebook page.
    “I remember that in 2019, Miller and I signed a transit contract with the provision “pump or pay.” Therefore, whether to supply gas for transit is the right of Gazprom to decide. But paying, even if you do not supply gas, is an obligation under the contract If there is no payment, it looks like there should be a new arbitration. "We can repeat."

    ...The head of Naftogaz knows in advance the decision of the arbitration in his favor, although it is not Gazprom that does not supply gas, but Naftogaz blocked its supply!
    It must be understood that the sanction of the West for another act of economic warfare was previously received.

    The Russian leadership has long been told about the need to develop the real sector of the economy. So who is to blame for him, except for his own deafness and well-wishing liberals?!
  4. Mihail55 Offline Mihail55
    Mihail55 (Michael) 11 May 2022 11: 38
    Or maybe it was worth the grain to Nazi Germany and send it after June 22 ???
    To whom is war, and to whom is mother dear ... Enemies help us make the right choice! Stop sitting on TWO chairs!!
  5. guest Offline guest
    guest 11 May 2022 14: 37
    If only they had already torn it apart, Russia would only benefit from this: it would not have to pay for transit to the Kyiv regime, and there would be nothing to supply its enemies for free with gas.
    1. GIS Offline GIS
      GIS (Ildus) 11 May 2022 15: 34
      transit will be paid (it seems until the 23rd or 24th year) regardless of the volume of pumping
      1. guest Offline guest
        guest 12 May 2022 15: 51
        How is it?
        1. GIS Offline GIS
          GIS (Ildus) 17 May 2022 11: 21
          until the contract is terminated.
          and it can be terminated from any side for non-compliance. it is beneficial for Ukraine not to terminate, this is money. the United States is more profitable to terminate, this is power in the EU. rf is more profitable to terminate - this is sp2.
      2. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 12 May 2022 22: 13
        For Gazprom, this is a penny. Well, he’ll pay for transit .. And what’s next. Ukrainians don’t want to pump the GAE, this is their problem
        1. guest Offline guest
          guest 27 November 2022 00: 11
          Quote: Aleksey Alekseev_2
          Well, he will pay for transit .. And what's next

          Paying for a rope to hang you is pretty stupid.