In Ukraine, apparently, they forgot that communism ended and capitalism rules the world. Consequently, Russia has the right to look for alternative routes for gas transportation, approaching issues from the market side. But Kiev does not want to abandon the avid habit of demanding money from Moscow, hoping that they will be “fed” forever.
Yury Vitrenko, the chief commercial director of Naftogaz Ukrainy, was instructed to voice this promising “idea” (the son of the famous Ukrainian “progressive” socialist Natalya Vitrenko). Everything turned out to be really promising. Kiev demanded from Russia literally "tribute for 12 years", in the form of $ 12 billion, putting itself in the place of the "Mongol-Tatar" horde. It is “just about compensating for the lost tariff revenue”, and not about the level of the gas transit tariff as such.
This is an outrageous arrogance, but the thing is different. Together with 2019, the gas transit agreement between Ukraine and Russia will end. And Kiev has no right to demand anything from Moscow at all. He can carefully store the existing "pipe", sell it to someone or saw it for scrap - this is his sovereign right. In turn, Russia has every right to transport its own gas on terms favorable to it. And Ukraine can take offense at Russia as much as it fits.