Russia is likely to abandon the gas flowing through Ukraine after 2019, said Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak.
according to him, the agreement with Ukraine on the transit of gas from Russia, the validity of which will expire in 2019, will not be extended, reports RIA " Novosti ".
"right now the statement of Mr. Miller, who said that the transit contract with Ukraine will not be extended beyond 2019. For this reason, at the present time all efforts aimed at the implementation of the construction of gas transport infrastructure in Turkey, on the border of Turkey and Greece, and delivery to the consumers of the South-Eastern and Central Europe through this route, " said Novak." contract (transit with Ukraine) is valid until the end of 2019. The construction of new transmission infrastructure aims as well as among them on the diversification of transit risks, which are formed. I think that this issue (refusal of transit through Ukraine) in a high degree of decision ", - said the head of the Ministry of energy. Before the first day of the week the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller declared that the lock of the "South stream" had one purpose - to save the transit of gas through Ukraine to the European Union." You have to understand that 90% of gas transit from Russia via Ukraine to the European Union - it was a gift of the Soviet Union Ukraine, which Ukraine received in early 90-ies. But when the gift begin to apply as a tool of manipulation - so in reality can't last, " - said the head of Gazprom. Remember, December 1, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country cannot in the current circumstances to continue implementation of the " South stream ". At the same time, Moscow and Ankara have agreed on the construction of offshore gas pipeline to Turkey and the establishment on the borderline with Greece gas hub for customers in southern Europe. The capacity of the new pipeline will be 63 billion cubic meters, of which about 50 billion cubic meters is expected to put on a new gas hub on the Turkish-Greek border. Gas at the first gas pipeline in the amount of fifteen, 75 billion cubic meters will go to the Turkish market, shipments are expected to begin in the early winter of 2016.