Putin – Ukraine: If we were friends with Russia, we would get cheap gas, like Belarus
Russian President Vladimir Putin has hinted that if Ukraine had good relations with Russia, Ukraine would buy cheap gas and receive more for its transit.
Source: Putin during a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
Direct speech: “We have a contract with Ukraine for pumping our gas. We will pump up to 40 billion cubic meters over the next 5 years. In the best years, we will pump up to 200 billion cubic meters.
There would be normal relations and a significant part would be pumped through Ukraine, but there problems are created not even in the sphere of politics, but in the sphere of economy. Because the monopoly possibility of gas transit creates the illusion that prices can be skyrocketing for this transit, and on the other hand try to lower the prices of gas purchased for Ukraine as low as possible … The monopoly is bad. “
Details: According to him, currently Ukraine receives $ 1.5 billion for transit, and could receive – 3-4-5 billion dollars.
He hopes that in the next 10 years, Europe will transport 50 billion cubic meters. meters more and Ukraine will be able to receive money for transit even after the expiration of the contract with Russia.
Direct speech: “Everything is possible. And we are ready for it, we want it, but we need good will on the part of our Ukrainian partners not in order to keep the army and aim to solve the Donbass issue by force.
We assume that we have a difficult relationship with the leadership of Ukraine, but we think about how people live there. There would be normal relations … Now inside the country we have 62-63 dollars per 1000 cubic meters for the population, and in Ukraine – 330 dollars plus transport. So from a citizen somewhere around $ 350. Belarus pays three times less for our gas. “