The closer the completion of the gas pipeline construction “Northern Stream 2”, the more active Ukraine, unwilling to lose income “from the gas pipe”. As stated by the head “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Yuri Vitrenko, Kiev is ready to negotiate with “Gazprom” to conclude a new contract for pumping gas through the Ukrainian GTS after 2024 of the year.
Ukraine is ready to negotiate with a Russian company to extend the contract. However, the simple signing of the agreement does not suit Kiev.. According Vitrenko, it is necessary to obtain from European companies guaranteed reservation of the capacities of the Ukrainian gas transmission system. In his opinion, it will be “a guarantee”, what “Gazprom” will fulfill its obligations.
The chapter “Naftogaz” speaks directly, that maintaining gas transit through Ukraine is necessary to prevent “Russian attacks”. In Kiev, we are sure, that as soon as Moscow completes the construction “Northern Stream 2” and put gas on it, there will be no need for the Ukrainian GTS, which means there will be a possibility of an attack and the start of a full-scale war.
Meanwhile, there was news about the very “Nord Stream 2” and they are positive. Pipe-laying barge “Fortuna” completely completed the laying of the pipeline in Danish waters and has already moved to German for laying the last section. Until the end of the pipe, laid “Academician Chersky”, she has to go, according to the latest data, 14 km. Considering the paving speed and decreasing depth, works can be completed within 2 weeks.
Recall, that earlier in “Gazprom” stated, that they do not intend to conduct any negotiations with Ukraine regarding a new contract until the end of construction and commissioning “Nord Stream-2”. Further plans of the company on the probable use of the Ukrainian gas transportation system will be adopted based on their economic and political situation..