Peskov: New Ukrainian suits prohibit gas transit deal with Russia
MOSCOW, Nov 5 (PRIME) Ц The new arbitration suits filed by Ukraine may block any gas transit agreement with Russia, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.
УContinuation of the use of arbitration proceedings, putting forward of some kind of court claims make reaching any sort of agreement impossible. This was what President Vladimir Putin said in his speech at a press conference in Budapest,Ф he said.
On November 2, Ukrainian energy holding Naftogaz Ukrainy reported having sent a U.S. $12 billion counterclaim against Russian gas giant Gazprom to the Stockholm arbitration court.
Naftogaz Ukrainy also said that it will charge Gazprom a U.S. $3 billion debt in 2020.
In 2018, the Stockholm arbitration court ruled that Gazprom must pay Naftogaz Ukrainy $2.56 billion for non-shipment of gas. Gazprom appealed against the decision in March and in May demanded full abolishment of the decision. Hearings of the appeal in Sweden are scheduled for SeptemberЦOctober 2020.
Ukraine also said that it is ready to stop transit having enough gas in its storages for the upcoming winter.
Russian President President Vladimir Putin said in October that Russia was ready to negotiations with Ukraine over gas supplies at significantly reduced prices, as well as on transit of gas through the countryТs territory.