Russia assured this Wednesday that it is a reliable supplier that meets its contractual obligations, after Kiev temporarily suspended the transit of a third of Russian gas to Europe due to the ongoing military offensive in the country.
“Russia has always reliably fulfilled and intends to fulfill its contractual obligations,” Russian Presidency (Kremlin) spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in his daily telephone press briefing.
He stressed that Ukraine, the transit country for Russian gas to Europe, did not provide any explanation for the “force majeure” that it claimed disrupted the Sokhranvika link.
Gazprom, the Russian state-owned natural gas supply company, said today that it did not agree to change the route because “it has not received confirmation of force majeure, and therefore it does not see any impediments to the continuation of the work”, said the group’s spokesman, Sergei Kuprianov, on the social network Telegram.
The consortium confirmed shortly after that the transit of fuel to Europe through Ukrainian territory will be reduced to 72 million cubic meters, against 95.8 million cubic meters the previous day.
Several of the operator’s facilities are located, as a result of the war, in Russian-occupied territories and have no operational or technological control over them, according to Ukraine’s gas systems operator, GTSOU.
A “force majeure” makes it impossible to continue transporting gas between this measurement point, on the Russian border, and the Novopskov compressor station, both located in the eastern province of Lugansk and in territory occupied by Moscow’s forces, he said.
However, the GTSOU noted that, on a temporary basis and in order to continue to supply gas to Europe at the planned volume, “there is a possibility” to transfer the volume of gas in question from the Sokhranivka interconnection point to the Sudzha interconnection point. further north.
This measuring station, through which 77 million cubic meters of gas pass daily, is located in territory controlled by Ukraine.
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