10:16 25.10.2018

Naftogaz asking to discuss gas transit issue at NSDC meeting

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Naftogaz asking to discuss gas transit issue at NSDC meeting

 National joint-stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy has asked Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to discuss the issue of taking measures to protect the interests of the state as a transit country for natural gas to European countries at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC).

The respective request is outlined in a letter to the prime minister published by the European Pravda publication.

"We recall that the status of the transit country is a key to ensuring economic and energy security, as well as the defense of the entire country and it is a guarantee of the abstention of the Russian Federation from continuing aggressive hostilities against our country," the company said in the letter.

Naftogaz paid attention to the problem with the delay in the implementation of the unbundling plan, which the company associates with the position of Gazprom, which refused to renew the existing transit contract with the new GTS operator created instead of Ukrtransgaz.

"Neither the European Commission nor the National Commission for the State Regulation of Energy, Housing and Utilities Services (NCER) take real steps to change the situation. Thus, a recent investigation by the European Commission regarding the violation of competition law by Gazprom ignored evidence that Gazprom's actions in Ukraine have an impact on the EU market," the company said.

In this regard, Naftogaz asked to bring relevant information for the discussion at an NSDC meeting. The council should instruct the government to "make changes to the restructuring plan of Naftogaz."

At the same time, Naftogaz insists on the need to take a decision at the NSDC meeting to entrust the Cabinet of Ministers to develop an action plan in case of a total absence of gas transit through the territory of Ukraine.

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