On January 22, 2019, Brussels hosted Ukraine-EU-Russia negotiations on gas transit through Ukraine after 2019 when the current transit contract between Naftogaz and Gazprom expires.
The parties communicated their positions regarding transit options for Russian gas. The Russian side proposed to extend existing contracts.
The Ukrainian side stressed the readiness to consider future contracts only if they fully complied with European energy legislation being currently implemented in Ukraine. A contract based on European principles would fully secure Ukraine’s interests and prevent Russia from non-market and non-competitive actions it had repeatedly demonstrated in the past.
This position was shared by the European Commission whose representatives hailed Ukraine’s material progress in the implementation of European legislation in its domestic gas market.
The negotiations on future contracts with Gazprom should be fully in line with implementation of the Stockholm arbitration awards and envisage fulfillment of its obligations by Russia.
The European Commission also noted the validity of the previous arbitration rulings as well as Ukraine’s right to initiate further claims.