Russian gas transit to Europe via Ukraine will be stopped. This was announced by the head of “Gazprom” Alexei Miller after a meeting with the Deputy Chairman of the Commission on Energosoiuz Maroš Šefčovič. The head of the Russian company announced its new strategy, which must be taken because of the new energy policy of the European Union.
Now the Ukrainian gas transportation system is the main channel for Russian gas supplies to its main customer – the European Union. We are talking about a volume of 63 billion cubic meters per year. Total in 2013 “Gazprom” has sold to Europe 161.5 billion cubic meters of gas. In 2014, according to preliminary estimates, the volume of shipments fell by about 10 percent. The remaining volumes are supplied by pipeline running through Belarus, Turkey and the “Nord Stream” (under the Baltic Sea to Germany).
Europe in the coming years plans to create Energy Union and act as a single buyer in the global gas market. “Gazprom” will adapt to this policy, announced Alexey Miller. But stressed that the project “South Stream” is now permanently closed. And if Europe wants to buy Russian gas, it will have to build their own part of the pipeline to Turkey, which will be held on the new Russian gas pipeline instead of “South Stream”.
“Pipeline” Turkish Stream “is the only route by which can be delivered 63 billion cubic meters of Russian gas going now while in transit through Ukraine. No other options. Our European partners are informed about it and now their task is to create necessary infrastructure to the border of Turkey and Greece “, – said the head of” Gazprom “.