Gas transport system will remain the property of Ukraine. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov stressed this in an exclusive interview with the BBC Ukrainian Service that he gave while on a visit to Luxembourg.
Answering the question if "the gas pipe remains in Ukrainian hands," Azarov said: "We have been talking openly
honestly for many years and earlier, being in power, and then in
and again now: we offer the EU and
also Russia to determine the amount of gas
transit. Europe must give
Russia that it will buy Russian gas, and Russia must give guarantees
to us that
these volumes of gas will be pumped and transported via our gas transport system, not bypass transport routes that will make our system unnecessary.
obtain such guarantees. In exchange for these assurances, we are ready
consider the participation of the EU and Russia in the management and
modernization of Ukraine's GTS."
However, as the Prime Minister stressed, the
gas transport system would remain the property of Ukraine. "I do not
will surprise our Russian partners, because they understand that any
doesn’t want to lose such a valuable asset," said Mykola
In addition, Azarov noted that Ukraine despite the difficult financial
situation would prevent the bankruptcy of "Naftogaz
"We won't let Naftogaz
bankrupt because it is the main company that supplies gas
to Ukraine and transits Russian gas to Europe. Therefore, we’re not
bankruptcy," stressed the Prime
Minister and added: "The financial situation in
Ukraine is difficult, but not so much that we allow bankruptcy of Naftogaz."
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