Kobolev called the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine a military airbag

“We believe that the transit of Russian gas through the territory of Ukraine creates for us, as a country, a certain military safety cushion. That is, a full-fledged or large-scale military operation against Ukraine for the Russian side at the moment is simply a very expensive pleasure,” he said. Kobolev.

He noted that the military operation will affect the volume of transit and, accordingly, will hit Gazprom’s revenue.

“The transfer of the transit of Russian gas from the territory of Ukraine to other gas pipelines or to other routes means that this cushion will simply disappear. And, accordingly, this dramatically increases our risks, primarily in military terms,” ​​Kobolev said.

He added that the economic and financial risks in this situation for Ukraine are secondary.

Earlier it was reported that the Russian “Gazprom” is gradually reduces transit through Ukraine… After the launch of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, transit to Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria was completely transferred to new gas pipelines.

We will remind, NJSC “Naftogaz Ukrainy” and the Russian “Gazprom” on December 30, 2019 signed a new contract on gas transit for a period of 5 years. The volume of gas supplies for transit via the Ukrainian GTS will amount to 65 billion cubic meters. m in 2020 and 40 billion cubic meters. m in 2021-2024.

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