Ukraine-EU cooperation in energy area should remain in focus of the process of Ukraine's European integration, and in particular, its joining the European energy space, Anatoliy Kinakh, MP, member of the Ukrainian parliamentary delegation, said in Brussels addressing the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, UKRINFORM's correspondent reports.

Kinakh recalled that under the terms of the long-term contracts for the next 10 years Russia had pledged to supply through Ukraine to the EU countries no less than 110 billion cu m of gas, or 70% of all imports to the European market. During this period Ukraine will be remaining a strategic transiter for the EU and a component part of its energy security.

“In this context we are concerned about an unconsolidated stand of the European countries as regards the energy policy. They do not demonstrate a common policy on the projects of the North and South Streams. At the same time, the European Commission knows that the Ukrainian gas transmission system (GTS) is now capable to deliver minimum 145 billion cu m of gas to the west border. The question arises then: why is it necessary to build alternative gas pipelines?,” the Ukrainian MP said.

A. Kinakh believes that “all - Russia, Ukraine and the EU” have lost” in the recent gas conflict. “And this circumstance should be taken into account in further consolidation of efforts, formation of the balance of interests of the consumer countries, transiter countries and supplier countries in frames of the creation of a transparent market - without monopolies or double standards,” he noted.

According to the parliamentarian, the ruling and opposition parties in Ukraine do not have disagreements on the need for the country's economic and political integration with the EU, as well as regarding the importance to continue this policy.


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