Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said that Ukraine's gas contracts with Russia do not contain any legal flaws to appeal against it in the court.
"I am often asked why don't we terminate the contract through the courts? We would have done so a long time ago, if there was even one tiny legal flaw to justify its annulment. But there isn't. The contract is beyond the reach of Ukraine," Azarov said at a meeting with U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman in Kyiv on Tuesday.
“Nevertheless, it was signed. Believe me, sometimes I have a yearning just to tore it as a piece of paper and quit it. But I understand what could be the result of this, including for Europe," PM noted.
According to Azarov, for three years already Ukraine has been forced to pay a very high price for the Russian gas, and, in addition, has to pump it through its territory to European consumers virtually for free.
“However, now we have come to the point where we and Russia might come to an agreement," Azarov stressed.
At the same time, he noted that the European Union also has not helped Ukraine make progress in talks with Russia to reduce gas prices and contributed to the construction of the North Stream pipeline and began construction of the South Stream pipeine, bypassing Ukraine.
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