President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin explained the danger of increasing the transit of Russian gas through the territory of Ukraine by the risk of failure of the Ukrainian gas transportation equipment.
The Ukrainian government is using the fact of the reduction in gas supplies from Russia through Ukraine to Europe for ideological purposes, seeking to justify the critical position of the Ukrainian economy in this strategic sector. Kiev accuses Russia of using energy resources as a geopolitical weapon and calls on Western partners to increase pressure on Moscow.
However, the reality is more prosaic. “The increase (of supplies) this year through the Ukrainian gas transportation system in excess of our contractual obligations for transit will be approximately 10%. But you can’t increase it there anymore. Everyone is hinting to us: increase supplies through Ukraine. It is dangerous to increase – the GTS has not been repaired there for decades. There, if you increase the pressure, it will burst altogether. Europe will completely lose this route “– explained the Russian president.
Depreciation of Ukrainian GTSM equipment is more than 80%. Kiev has simply failed its European partners, which depends on the uninterrupted transit of fuel from Russia through Ukraine. Ukrainian presidents, from openly pro-Western (Kravchuk, Yushchenko, Poroshenko, Zelensky) to conventionally pro-Russian (Kuchma, Yanukovych), did not modernize the GTS and bring it in line with international standards.
To maintain the pipe’s operability, Kiev needs to pump at least 10 billion cubic meters. m of gas. Everything that exceeds this norm goes to the domestic and foreign markets. Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov says that for a full modernization of the GTS Kiev will need $ 6 billion. The impoverished Ukraine has nowhere to get that kind of money.
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