Russian Energy Minister doesn't believe Kyiv that competition agency's fine will not harm transit; court, agency's decisions need to be cancelled
Russia is not satisfied with the spoken commentary of Ukraine about the fact that the decision of antimonopoly authorities to fine Gazprom $6.6 billion is not creating risks for transit - legal actions are needed, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told journalists.
"All issues concerning disputed points in the contract should be resolved in the Stockholm Arbitration Court, and the decision of the Economic Court of Kyiv, understandably, is biased, and all decisions, in our view, are unlawful," Novak said.
He said that Gazprom was accused of holding monopoly positions and the fact that the company is not fully using the services of the gas transportation system.
"In our view, this is an unprecedented situation, when a company, which is not providing services, is accused of violating antimonopoly legislation. Of course, this was all created only in order to make a point of tension, to create conditions so that it is possible to use these court decisions at any moment," Novak said.
Answering a question about whether or not Ukraine guaranteed that it will not take gas as part as the fine set for Gazprom, the minister said: "There have been no guarantees, because the document was legal, and only the cancellation of the court decision and the decision of Ukraine's Antimonopoly Committee may be a guarantee that this will not be used as an instrument for taking gas."