"Let's not poison the situation. We fully realize that a lot of time would pass between the moment Gazprom issued its statements and the very completion of the pipelines. I always told him (Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov -ed.) that you [Russia] can use our joint gas transportation system but if you wish to waste 20 billion euros, God bless. Ukraine will find a way out of this situation. Don’t worry about that,” Mykola Azarov told reporters at the opening ceremony of a hospital in Brusilov, ForUm correspondent reports.
Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said on Wednesday that Kiev will have “zero role” to play in Russian gas exports after the completion of two pipelines bypassing Ukraine, South Stream and Nord Stream.
Gazprom also accused Ukraine on Wednesday of illegally siphoning off up to 40 million cubic meters of Russian natural gas in February for Europe but Ukraine’s energy company Naftogaz denied the accusations.
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