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 Yatseniuk: Ukraine will stop using Russian gas in 10 years

Ukraine intends to completely refuse from Russian natural gas in a decade.

This was announced by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk on air of a TV station, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"In 10 years we'll stop purchasing Russian natural gas," Yatseniuk said.

Read more: Ukraine ready for possible cessation of gas deliveries from Russia, - Energy Minister Demchyshyn

The prime minister reminded that Ukraine has already abandoned almost 100 percent dependence on Russian gas and switched to reverse gas supplies from the EU. As a result, the share of Russian gas in overall gas supplies to Ukraine has decreased to about 30 percent.

In addition, the Ukrainian government has started to revise the existing contractual framework with the Russian Federation.

"We managed to file two suits against the Russian gas monopolist in the Stockholm arbitration. We are suing Russia for $16 bln. We believe that Russia set an unfair price on gas for Ukraine, and we believe that Ukraine is underpaid for the transit of Russian gas through its territory," Yatseniuk stated.

The prime minister also reminded that Kyiv has drawn the attention of the EU to preventing the construction of Russia's Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline which deprives Ukraine of transit facilities as well as of $2 bln annually.

Read more: Yatseniuk: Ukraine will become an integral part of common EU energy policy
 
 
 
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