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 Ukraine Has Not Caused Direct Damage to Gazprom. We Will Try to Negotiate, Head of Foreign Ministry

Ukraine has advantages in gas negotiations with Russia.

This was stated by Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara on ICTV channel.

"We will seek opportunities for the Russian gas prices to be fair. Only such a price can be in the relationship between two strategic partners. And we hope that in the end, the price for Russian gas will also be gradually reduced," he said.

"When it comes to the latest statements of Gazprom that Ukraine will be billed at 7 billion, I want to say that Ukraine has not caused any direct damage to Gazprom by consuming and purchasing Russian gas," said Kozhara.

"We are talking about gas purchased as of today. These are indirect losses or, one might say that this is loss of revenue. Therefore, I think that this issue should be considered in the context of negotiations with Russia on the restructuring of the losses and the possibility of reducing the price of Russian gas," he added.

"And I think that today Ukraine has provided itself with certain advantages in this negotiation process since the Russian gas consumption is decreasing sharply," said the head of the Foreign Ministry.

Regarding the question of whether or not the Ukrainian government is planning to terminate the "Tymoshenko gas agreement" with Russia through a court decision, the diplomat said: "I do not answer directly for these contracts in the government, but as an expert on international law and contract law I would like to say that the international documents have provisions under which a party may terminate a contract."

"First of all, I do not think that Ukraine will act unilaterally," said Kozhara.

"I think that we will negotiate, but in any case, we always have the opportunity to negotiate out of court as strategic partners. If we cannot then all the mechanisms provided by international private and public law can be implemented by both parties," he added.


 
 
 
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