Ukraine, Slovakia to sign deal on gas supply April 28

April 25, 2014

Ukraine and Slovakia will sign a memorandum on reverse-flow gas supplies on April 28, Ukrainian acting Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Prodan said after talks with his Slovak counterpart on Thursday, April 24, ITAR-TASS ha said.

EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said reverse-flow gas supplies from Slovakia to Ukraine by the trunk pipeline would be impossible without Gazprom’s consent.

However he said such supplies by the Vojany-Uzhgorod pipeline would not require the Russian company’s agreement.

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said reverse gas supplies from Europe to Ukraine would be a debatable issue. “If one looks at the map of the Ukrainian gas transportation system, he will easily understand that the system is designed to operate in one direction only and there is no technical possibility to reverse it,” Miller said.

“If this is some virtual reverse flow, there can be questions about its legality. It’s unclear what grounds Ukraine has to use Gazprom’s gas in the pipeline on its territory. This may raise legal questions,” he said.

Copyright: ITAR-TASS, 2014