Representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine discussed with officials of the U.S. Department of State topical issues pertaining to functioning and development of the gas sector of Ukraine. The sides also tackled upon the questions of international cooperation in the sphere of gas supply, gas transportation as well as the process of the unbundling of the PJSC National Joint Stock Company Naftogaz of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian side marked the longstanding, fruitful and mutually beneficial cooperation between Ukraine and USA aimed to reform and modernize the energy sector.
Acting State Secretary of the Ministry Yuliya Pidkomorna briefed interlocutors that the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry is committed to undertake wide-ranging reforms directed to strengthen the level of energy security, to boost competition as well as protect consumers and encourage European integration, in particular within the context of the implementation of commitments on the implementation of the EU- Ukraine Association Agreement and of the provisions of the Treaty establishing the Energy Community.
Olexander Lisnichenko Director of the Department of oil and gas complex, and Valeriy Nozdrin, acting chairman of the board of the JSC Main Gas Pipelines of Ukraine urged that Ministry and the Government demonstrate synergy towards activities of separation of operations for the transportation, distribution and storage of natural gas as well as the implementation of best world experience of the operators of the GTS.
During the meeting the sides also touched upon issues on ensuring the integration of the gas sector of Ukraine to the European, as well as the development of routes of gas transportation.
Ukrainian side is a responsible transiter of natural gas to the EU member states and ensures uninterrupted operation of the GTS of Ukraine, hence the Ukraine counts on the support of international partners in the field of safe natural gas supply to Ukraine,inter alia in the reverse regime.
On the outcomes of the meeting, officials of the U.S. Department of State commended the remarkable progress of Ukraine in the process of implementation of systemic reforms in the energy sector and pledged overwhelming support of Ukraine towards integration to the European gas sector.