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A Russia-Ukraine gas transportation consortium is not an option any longer, Russian presidential advisor Sergei Glazyev said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 channel on Tuesday.
"Plans to create a gas transportation consortium of Russia and Ukraine, which could have practically halved Russian gas prices, have failed. It was possible to implement them almost a year ago," Glazyev said, Interfax-Ukraine informed.
The reason is the Ukrainian signing of the European Energy Community accord, which binds it "to abide by European energy regulations, the so-called Third Energy Package," he said.
"Joint investment in this project is no longer of interest to Gazprom," Glazyev said.
"The gas transportation consortium is now impossible because in this case Gazprom, a consortium member, will be unable to deliver its own gas. That is, Ukraine's involvement in the European Energy Community denies Gazprom the possibility of being a gas transportation consortium member and a gas supplier at the same time," the advisor explained.
Russia "has repeatedly urged Kyiv to drop out of the European Energy Community, which has given it nothing," he said.
"We told them they forced Gazprom to build bypasses under neutral jurisdictions," Glazyev said, adding there will be nothing but losses for Ukraine.