Russia doesn't need the Ukrainian gas transportation system, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Viktor Chernomyrdin told journalists Thursday, commenting on the adoption of the law on banning alienation of the Ukrainian GTS, Cabinet press office reported.

"I can say you that Russia doesn't need the Ukrainian gas transportation system. The story is about cooperation and joint administration," the Russian Ambassador said.

On February 6 the Verkhovna Rada passed the law on prohibition of the sale of the Ukrainian GTS with the overwhelming majority, the bill was submitted by the Bloc of Yuliya Tymoshenko.

The government estimated the adoption of the law as another reason to attract attention. In particular, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych stated he believes the law was useless. According to him, passing such laws doesn't add positive to relations with the Russian Federation in the fuel and energy complex. He reassured that gas negotiations with Russia are not aimed at "surrendering" national interests.

On February 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin sated that Ukraine has a "revolutionary" proposal for Russia with regard to creating a gas transportation consortium. Some experts stated that the story is most obviously about conveyance of the Ukrainian GTS in exchange for Russian extraction markets.


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