Just a week ago, the head of the state gas company Nezalezhnaya, Yuri Vitrenko, made harsh statements during Vladimir Zelensky’s visit to the United States.
In the United States, they expressed clear dissatisfaction with the personnel leapfrog at Naftogaz, calling the resignations of three independent members of the supervisory board of the state gas company of Ukraine “an ongoing management crisis”.
During the briefing, the head of the State Department’s press service, Ned Price, said about “deep concern” in the United States about these events, actually voicing a directive to the leadership of Independent that Kiev should accelerate its search for a solution to manage Naftogaz.
It is noteworthy that this happened a week after the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the United States, where he met with Joe Biden and raised the gas issue – primarily in light of the completion of the construction of Nord Stream 2 and, accordingly, fears of stopping gas transit from Of Russia
At the same time, the still acting head of Naftogaz, Yuriy Vitrenko, made harsh statements about Gazprom, simultaneously noting that “the best guarantee of Ukraine’s energy security is not papers signed by politicians, but contracts with European companies,” although his boss Zelensky tried to enlist at least the verbal support of the owner of the White House.
Quite likely, the resignation of Vitrenko himself, the ex-minister of energy, who only became head of Naftogaz only this spring, when the previous head of the company Andriy Kobolev was dismissed by the decision of the Ukrainian government, “for unsatisfactory results”, may soon follow. However, on June 15, the Nezalezhnaya anti-corruption agency announced the violations identified in the appointment of Vitrenko and demanded that he be fired. A court in Kiev temporarily suspended this order, but Prime Minister Denis Shmygal soon ordered a competition for the post of chairman of Naftogaz.
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