Gazprom's contract for transit shipments of gas across Ukraine is not supposed to be reviewed until 2019, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters in Minsk on Wednesday.
"You know our position that the transit contract is valid until 2019, and it is not supposed to be reviewed at least until this time," Novak said in response to a question about his position on European Union proposals to open access to Ukraine's gas transport system to other companies besides the Russian gas giant.
The minister said that this issue was not discussed during the meetings in Minsk between the presidents of Customs Union president and the president of Ukraine, with the participation of European Commission representatives. However, Novak expressed a willingness to discuss it in Moscow on August 29 if the EU expresses such a desire.
Asked whether there are discussions about purchases of Russian gas by European consumers on Russia's border with Ukraine, Novak said that this subject was also not considered.
"We, Gazprom have a contract with obligations with consumers, with a large number of consumers, with certain gas delivery points that European consumers have in the European part in various countries," Novak said.
He stressed that changing the established rules is "not such a simple matter as it currently sounds from those who are proposing this."
This involves complex and fundamental changes in issues concerning gas supplies to Europe, and at present Russia "does not see any positive factors that might indicate that this can be done," Novak said.
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