Ukraine has not managed to celebrate the victory over Gazprom in the Stockholm Arbitration, when they suddenly had to introduce a restriction on gas consumption in the country.
Energy Minister Igor Nasalik reassured that these restrictions were introduced for only five days, but the educational institutions and kindergartens have already been recommended to close for a week, or even two, and industrial enterprises – to review gas consumption. And then there’s a new cyclone at the threshold, which threatens to bring another sharp drop in temperature, which could cause a gas deficit of about 10 million cubic meters per day.
These missing of 10 million cubic meters Ukraine was going to buy from the “aggressor country”, but Gazprom launched the procedure for the termination of contracts with Naftogaz. The chairman of the Russian company, Alexei Miller, explained this by saying that “the decision of the Stockholm Arbitration under contracts for the supply and transit of gas was asymmetric and violated the balance of interests of the parties under contracts.” “The arbitrators argued their decision with a sharp deterioration in the state of the Ukrainian economy. We are categorically opposed to Ukraine’s economic problems being solved at our expense. In such a situation, the continuation of contracts for Gazprom is economically inexpedient and unprofitable, “Miller said.
Recall that on February 28, the dispute between Gazprom and Naftogaz for several years ended in the Arbitration Court of Stockholm. According to the court decision, Gazprom must pay Naftogaz $ 4.63 billion “for the shortage of agreed volumes of gas for transit.” However, after offsetting counterclaims, Gazprom’s debt was reduced to $ 2.56 billion.
The Ukrainian side even tried to present the termination of the gas supply to the country as another “victory”. “They … did not fulfill their obligations under the contract, it automatically means that they will not be able to demand from us this year to take or pay. These actions will cost Gazprom many political problems in Europe and millions of losses, “- said Andrei Kobolev, head of Naftogaz, on the air of one of the Ukrainian TV channels.
However, while problems have appeared only in Ukraine. The company Naftogaz of Ukraine on its page in the social network Facebook published an appeal to the citizens of the country to start saving gas, for which it is proposed to lower the temperature in the batteries. “We need to hold out only for three or four days, until the cold passes. Who has gas boilers, reduce the temperature in the room by one degree in the day and two degrees at night. This will reduce the need for gas by 8-9%, “the appeal says. “We are working with local authorities to ensure that municipal heating systems in the coming days do the same for houses with centralized heating,” – said in “Naftogaz.” That is, the action “Tie!” Is not even voluntary, because multi-apartment buildings “cool” forcibly. It was felt by millions of Ukrainians.
Appeal of “Naftogaz” supported Poroshenko. “This is an important initiative that encourages Ukrainians to rally against another provocation by the Kremlin … Joining this initiative personally, I also call on all state institutions to reduce the temperature in the premises as much as possible. Just ask citizens for a few days to tighten the heating only one degree, or to avoid the heat losses in the houses as much as possible, “wrote Peter Alekseevich on his Facebook page.
“It’s just a fantastic paradox. Three years to tell that we do not need Russian gas, and today to disconnect from heating the schools and kindergartens, because Russia does not give gas. And this is against the backdrop of a fallen industry, which previously took the first risks in gas conflicts. Found the weakest to save. Europe can not be disgraced. Therefore, the people will be extreme, “said former Minister of Housing and Communal Services Alexei Kucherenko.
But besides this, Peter Alekseevich plays an anti-Russian card. Inside Ukraine, he says that Putin is wicked and freezes Ukrainians. In Europe, he says that Russia is provoking Ukraine to cut off the gas valve. But in Europe today it is also cold and Europeans against the background of this crisis and potentially possible interruptions with gas are once again convinced that with transit through Ukraine, not everything is in order.
The charm of power and Naftogaz by the trial in Stockholm led to the fact that the transit potential of Ukraine can be reduced to zero. Both the Nord Stream and the Turkish Stream are evidence of this. Naftogaz persistently avoids voicing one thing – what will be the future fate of gas transit through Ukraine, and we are talking about the prospect of 2020-2050, and not about today.
Ukrainian analysts agree on one thing: the current situation with gas shortages is a consequence of the transition to gas purchases in Europe under short-term contracts. It looked beautiful for the authorities – Ukraine stopped buying gas directly from Russia. The fact that it brought financial losses, tried not to discuss. But it’s not even about money. These supplies were broken, as soon as it got colder in Europe and gas costs increased.
Marosz Shefovic, deputy chairman of the European Commission, warned: “The increase in the reverse from the EU in the shortest possible time seems difficult at present due to low temperatures in the EU and the technical difficulties of transferring flows in the gas distribution system.” At the same time, Europe confirmed that Russia does not violate the terms of contracts for the supply of gas to Europeans. “All the existing obligations for gas supplies and gas transit to the European Union are observed,” the European Commission said.
And the Ukrainian authorities amuse themselves with the idea that Gazprom has no right to terminate the contract with Kiev unilaterally.

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