The Minister wrote in a letter addressed to the
European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger.
“We are strengthening
protection of the objects of our gas transportation infrastructure in order
to prevent possible sabotage cases. Unfortunately, in the present situation we
regard the risk as being very high,” the Minister explained.
informed that despite the request of the European Commissioner to the Russian
side to avoid escalation of the conflict, Gazprom
company had terminated deliveries of the natural gas to Ukraine on Monday,
June 16, at 9:00 a.m. Kyiv time.
creates problems in providing natural gas supplies for the Ukrainian
consumers and ensuring sustainable gas transit to the EU countries. But, as
we promised, we will endeavour to ensure reliability and continuity of the transit.
We will do it as long as we have certain technological capacity,” Yurii Prodan assured.
Besides, Yurii Prodan appealed to the European
Commissioner with a proposal to gather a relevant operative group consisting of
EU representatives, who will have a chance to convince directly at the
gas-measuring stations and dispatcher points that Ukrainian side fulfils its
obligations in transportation of natural gas to the EU states.
In the end of the
letter the Minister Yurii Prodan
expressed gratitude to the European Commissioner for Energy Günther
Oettinger and representatives of the European
Commission for the efforts to facilitate settlement of the existing problem
with natural gas deliveries.
“We haven’t achieved
accord with the third negotiating party. The only reason is the absence of readiness
of the Russian side to apply the constructive approach. But we are ready to further
join efforts for the sake of overcoming the crisis,” Minister Yurii Prodan summed up.