Russia`s gas giant Gazprom has again violated a contact for gas transit shipments to the European Union, having failed to ensure the level of required pressure at the border with Ukraine, according to the operator of the Ukrainian gas transport system.
”Before making groundless accusations, our northern neighbors should first raise the pressure at their station at the border to the level stipulated in the contract. Today, the output of the gas metering station in Sudzha, Russia, was 57.7 atm with the norm being 60 atm,” press secretary of state-run operator company Ukrtransgaz wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.
He said that despite the violation by the Russian side, Ukraine fulfils its transit commitments.
”277 million cubic meters (of gas) has entered Ukraine and 277.2 million cubic meters has been sent to Europe,” he said.
”Ukraine was, is and will be a reliable operator of natural gas transit supplies,” he added.
As UNIAN reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the phone on November 14 that there were risks related to gas transit supplies to Europe via Ukraine.
He warned that the expected cold weather might increase risks of siphoning by the Ukrainian side of Russian gas supplied to the EU.
Under the transit contract between Ukraine and Russia, Gazprom is to pump at least 110 billion cubic meters of gas via Ukraine`s territory every year.