For Europe the transit of gas through Ukraine is a form of subsidy to Naftogaz

Summary

In this way [by preserving the transit of gas from Russia to Europe via Ukraine] Europe is trying to guarantee 2 bln dollars of subsidies to Naftogaz which would help to avoid problems that might follow.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and the gas talks between Ukraine, the EU, and Russia.

On 19 September 2019, trilateral gas talks were held in Brussels. Ukraine and the EU proposed to sign a new transit contract for the duration of 10 years which will allow Ukraine to transport 60 bcm of gas from Russia to the EU. Russia, on the contrary, wants to prolong the existing contract for an additional year.

The EU is interested in Ukrainian gas transmission system because of its reliability, which has been confirmed by the international certification company TÜV SÜD (Germany). For the period of the last 20 years, the incident rate has not exceeded the level of 0,06 incidents per 1,000 km, whereas in Russian Federation it was 0,22 incidents per 1,000 km. More on the reliability of the GTS can be read here.

Ukrainian GTS is one of the alternative routes of Russian gas to the EU. Moreover, it is directly linked to the European gas transmission system. It is the cheapest and the easiest way to transport gas to Central and Eastern Europe.

With these reasons in mind, Germany insisted on continuation of gas transit through Ukraine. “From our point of view, the role of Ukraine as a transit state is a necessity. We demand that. It’s in our interests, and it’s our demand that transit is possible in the future,” the representative of Germany’s Federal Government Steffen Seibert mentioned in June 2019.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Ukraine, gas, Energy, Natural resources
  • Outlet: Ukrainskoe Dosie @Ukraina.ru time 6:10-6:20
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The Americans are interested in disrupting gas transit via Ukraine

Ukrainian experts and the government do not serve the interests of the Ukrainian people, they serve the American [energy] interest. The latter wants to sell liquefied gas, to worsen the situation in Europe and to put it on its knees using gas and political methods. And in order to accomplish this they have lit up Ukraine [with the Euromaidan revolution in 2013-2014] and have divided the European continent.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging Washington is trying to create problems for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction and disrupt the gas transit via Ukraine in order to open the market for the liquified gas from the United States. Mixed in there is another often encountered pro-Kremlin disinformation claim blaming the US for instilling the Euromaidan.

Ukraine has made it clear that it is interested and ready to continue transit of gas from Russia to the EU. On 19 September 2019, during the third round of trilateral gas talks between the EU, Ukraine, and Russia, Ukrainian delegation confirmed its willingness to sign a new contract for the duration of 10 years under the EU law.

Ukrainian gas transmission system an environmental disaster worse than Chernobyl

The gas transmission system of Ukraine. It is an environmental disaster the world has not seen before. It is worse than Chernobyl because it emits extremely harmful substances into the environment. And these guys did not allow Russia to repair and clean it in due time…. This is a leaky pipeline, it is outdated and rusty, it is crumbling into dust. Even the most condescending environmental tender will say no to the [Ukrainian] gas transmission system.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the Ukrainian gas transmission system (GTS) is ineffective, outdated, and environmentally harmful.

The Ukrainian GTS is a reliable system. For the last 20 years, the incident rate has not exceeded the level of 0,06 incidents per 1,000 km, whereas in the Russian Federation, it was 0,22 incidents per 1,000 km. More on the reliability of the GTS can be read here.

Ukraine is not willing to sign a new contract for gas transit

Ukraine does not want to sign anything. They want problems in order to bring us to war.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative blaming Ukraine for the disruption of the gas talks between Russia and Ukraine and plans to cut gas transit from Russia to the EU.

On 19 September 2019, the trilateral gas talks were held in Brussels. Ukraine and the EU proposed to sign a new transit contract for a duration of 10 years which will allow Ukraine to transport 60 billion cubic metres of natural gas from Russia to the EU. Russia, on the other hand, wants to extend the current contract for 1 year.