Ukraine should create a gas transport consortium with Russia and the European Union, Executive Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security Friedbert Pfluger has said at the 5th Euro-Atlantic Forum in Kyiv, UKRINFORM reports.

"Today we see that Gazprom wants to take possession of the Ukrainian gas transport system, but this will be a model contradicting the provisions of the Energy Community, which Ukraine joined in January 2011. If this happens, Ukraine's further movement towards the EU will be impossible, although cooperation between Ukraine and Russia will be quite possible, because we understand the Ukrainians who speak of the need to modernize the gas transport system," Pfluger said.

He said that it would be most expedient to create a gas transport consortium between Ukraine, Russia and the EU, with 33% owned by each side. "In that case, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych would have managed to convince [Russian Prime Minister] Vladimir Putin [of the need to create the consortium]... We also need to ensure Ukraine's energy independence from Russia in terms of the diversification of energy sources. Ukraine has the capacity to extract shale gas and biofuels, and it is very important for Ukraine's energy independence," the expert added.

It was reported earlier that the model of a trilateral consortium to manage Ukraine's gas transport system was the main model in talks with Russia. Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Boiko said that he would not allow European companies affiliated with Russia's Gazprom to participate in a possible consortium to manage Ukraine's gas transport system.

As reported, on January 19, 2012, Ukraine announced a tender to choose a company that will assess its gas transport system.

After the assessment is made, Ukraine will provide concrete proposals to its European partners for their share in the consortium to manage the Ukrainian gas transport system.

Ukraine also hopes to reach a consensus in negotiations with Russia on the creation of a trilateral consortium to manage Ukrainian gas pipelines. According to Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, in this issue "there is an understanding on common approaches and common figures."

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