The amendment of the head of the energy parliamentary Committee Andrei Gerus on the resumption of electricity imports from Russia deprived Ukraine of the last trump card in negotiations with Gazprom on gas transit
This was written by MP of Ukraine, first Deputy of the Committee on energy and housing and communal services Oleksiy Kucherenko on his page in Facebook, reports RBC-Ukraine.
The MP States that the negotiations “Naftogaz” and “Gazprom” gas transit after 1 January 2020 was stalled. At the same time from the termination of transit of gas affected the Kremlin-backed Transdniestria and Ukraine it was a bargaining chip in negotiations.
“The termination of transit jeopardizes not only Ukraine, but also, for example, close to the Kremlin, Transnistria. There Moldavskaya GRES, which belongs to INTER RAO I. Sechin is the main consumer of cheap Russian gas, it produces 80% of the electricity for the whole of Moldova. Russia could not leave Transnistria without gas — it was the trump card of “Naftogaz” of Ukraine in negotiations with “Gazprom”, — wrote the expert.
However, lobbied by Andrei Gerus import of electricity from Russia has actually deprived Ukraine of the trump In the event of termination of gas transit, Transnistria will receive Russian electricity through Ukraine.
“Moldovan media reports that Russia has agreed with Ukraine about the supply of electricity in Transnistria. Plain text. This is the same amendment in case of gas transit will not. Talking about this sources in the circles of the President of Dodona. Mr Gerus even blurted it out at one of the meetings of the Committee (16 October), adding that tariffs for Moldova (and probably in Transnistria) could rise,” wrote Kucherenko.
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In his opinion, the amendment Gerus evidence delivery of the strategic interests of the country and playing up to the Kremlin. In addition, it would be a loss for Ukraine of billions of dollars due to the termination of gas transit.
“Opening the import from Russia and Belarus to Ukraine Andriy Gerus and To essentially give “Gazprom” the last trump card in the negotiations. This surrender of strategic interests of Ukraine. Is the loss of billions of dollars on transit. This playing up to the Kremlin to protect the interests of the occupied territories of Moldova,” the Deputy wrote.
We will remind, on September 18, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law “On amendments to some laws of Ukraine in the sphere of nuclear energy use”, in which the head of the energy Committee of Parliament Andriy Gerus lobbied for the edit — afford to purchase Ukrainian consumers of imported electricity at bilateral contracts. According Gerus, imports had to be from Belarus. However, from October 1 started the supply of electricity from Russia in import mode. For the first half of October, the electricity imports from Russia increased almost twice — with 2.4 million kWh to 4.5 million kWh per day.
A number of energoexpert considered the beginning of electricity imports from Russia as a threat to energy independence of Ukraine and we are convinced that Russia will use it to exert political pressure on Kiev.