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Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia will try to start a new 'gas war'

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Staff Writer | March 22, 2019
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin expressed confidence that Russia will try to start a new "gas war" after the expiration of the current agreements on gas transit through the territory of Ukraine.
Pavlo Klimkin
Russia   Minister Pavlo Klimkin
“I am sure that Russia will try to organize a new “gas war”. The chances are very high. Our partners understand this opportunity and state that we need to prepare for this by increasing the gas reserves in our gas storage facilities. Now both we and Europe are well aware of the likelihood of Russian provocations,” he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

According to the minister, Ukraine and the EU insist that future contracts be concluded in accordance with European rules, while Russia hints at the possibility of secret agreements.

“This means, in particular, that it is necessary to sell gas on the eastern border. The calculation of tariffs should be based on the methodology underlying European rules, so we can avoid any secret agreements. Russia now openly hints at the possibility of reaching an agreement, which means that they do not exclude the possibility of an agreement under their own terms,” Klimkin said.

He pointed out that no contracts are possible under the previous terms – not only politically but also legally.