Ukraine Estimated Losses From Cessation of Russian Gas
OREANDA-NEWS. Kiev representatives need to go to Moscow and discuss concluding a new contract for the transit of Russian gas to Europe through Ukraine, otherwise the country will suffer huge losses. This was stated by the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Vadim Rabinovich.
Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada [unicameral parliament. - Oreanda-News] of Ukraine Vadim Rabinovich voiced the consequences of stopping the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine. According to the deputy, the country will lose several billion dollars.
"Ukraine will lose about five billion dollars and the territory for the transit of oil and gas," Rabinovich said on the Ukrainian TV channel “112 Ukraine”, Russian media report.
“Without the pipe, which will be empty without pumping from January 1, <…> what will happen to us, what we will earn? Are we going to cultivate cucumbers somewhere in Poland?” the politician said with irony in the “112 Ukraine” TV channel.
Deputy Rabinovich stressed that “Gazprom” - “Naftogaz” transit contract term will expire in the end of 2019. The parties have not yet concluded a new contract.
Previously, the readiness to consider several options for the extension of the transit contract was announced by Yuri Boyko, presidential candidate of the party “Opposition Platform For Life”. At a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Boyko noted that the situation with indirect gas supplies from Europe is “abnormal” and that Russia and Ukraine need to sign a contract.
Rabinovich also told about collectively taking the decision on the visit of presidential candidate and deputy from the “Opposition Platform for Life” Yury Boyko and politician Viktor Medvedchuk to Moscow. During their visit they will hold talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and “Gazprom” head Alexey Miller.
“We all voted at the political council for such a decision for one simple reason. We need to find courage today, through this screech, through this nonsense, to head forward to economically and politically correct results,” Rabinovich said.