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Ukraine will reopen gas pipeline to Europe only if there are guarantees

Ukraine will reopen gas pipeline to Europe only if there are guarantees

Network operator GTSOU said on Thursday that Kyiv must first regain control of the gas transmission system.

Ukraine intends to reroute gas from Russia to Europe via the main intermittent Sochranovka route only if there are guarantees. Kyiv must first regain control of the gas transmission system, network operator GTSOU told the news agency on Thursday Reuters to explain. According to GTSOU, almost a third of natural gas destined for Russia flows into Europe through Ukraine through Sochranovka.

But on Wednesday a announced a halt. The gas pipeline runs through Ukraine’s Luhansk region, part of which has been under the control of Russian-backed separatists since 2014. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and occupied parts of the country in the east and south.

GTSOU representative Sergei Makogon confirmed that the capacity of the Russian State Gas Company Gazprom Sufficient to deliver all volumes destined for Europe via the Suga transit route as an alternative route. This is still open. Gazprom apparently did not know that Moscow-backed separatists in the east had begun stealing the gas flowing through Ukraine. Ukraine mentioned this as one of the reasons for closing this main road.

(APA)

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