Naftogaz ready to discuss revision or refusal of second transit claim along with signing long-term contract - Kobolev
Naftogaz Ukrainy is ready to discuss the possibility of revising or abandoning the second transit lawsuit worth over $12 billion against Russia's Gazprom along with the signing of a new long-term contract, Naftogaz Head Andriy Kobolev has said.
"In effect we are saying to our Russian partners: if you build [bypass routes] and don't want to transport [gas via Ukrainian pipelines] then compensate us. If you want to transport [gas] and are prepared to sign a long-term contract according to European rules, with guarantees that you'll pay us this money, then we are prepared to drop the claim, or revise it, amend it," he told Channel Five.
"We've communicated this message to the European Commission and have been heard. If the shareholder allows us, we are prepared to put this on the table at talks with Gazprom," he said.