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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/11/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland, US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: gas, Energy

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