Disinfo: American gas for Poland and Ukraine is an expensive PR campaign

Summary

American gas for Ukraine is just a PR campaign, which will cost Poland and Ukraine much more compared to Russian gas prices.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative that gas prices are too high in Ukraine and that the United States intends to capture the European gas market.

A memorandum on trilateral cooperation in the energy sector of Ukraine, Poland, and the USA was signed at the end of August 2019 in Warsaw. At the end of November 2019, an American tanker delivered 75,000 tonnes of liquefied gas to Poland. After the re-gasification process, gas already in the volume of 100 million cubic metres entered Polish gas transportation systems and was sent to Ukraine. 

The Polish side has already confirmed that American gas is one third cheaper than Russian supplies under a multi-year contract. “Its price (gas price from Gazprom) is completely uncompetitive. Currently, PGNiG-signed contracts for the supply of LNG (from the USA) are 20-30 percent more profitable than Russia's,” the Polish government said.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US, Poland
  • Keywords: gas, Energy
  • Outlet: RT Russian, Sputnik, Vremya Pokazhet @Channel One TV (time 00:05:35-00:05:40)
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Minsk agreements, portraying Ukraine as the only violator of the agreements. See previous cases about the Minsk agreements and the war in Ukraine.

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Disproof

The disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea by Russia and its progressive recognition in the world is recurrent. No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014, and held on 16 March 2014 amid the presence of Russian troops. The UNGA adopted resolution 68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine. For the EU's statement on the fifth anniversary of Crimea's annexation, see here.

Member of the delegation of the pro-Russian representatives of the annexed Crimea, the State Duma deputy Ruslan Balbek, spoke in Geneva on November 29 at the 12th session of the Minority Forum of the UN Human Rights Council. However, it doesn't confirm that the UN recognises the Russian Crimea.

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There were times when European countries were developing very quickly, both economically and culturally, but now Europe is losing its values and former power.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative undermining the EU, claiming that the EU is fundamentally broken and disintegrating - also consistent with the narrative of the EU's imminent collapse.

No evidence is given to support the claim that Europe is losing its values and former power.