Zelensky offered Europe to store a strategic gas reserve in Ukraine

Earlier, the President of Ukraine has already offered a discount on the transit of large volumes of gas to Europe. Now he has assured Brussels of its readiness to provide storage facilities for strategic gas reserves, which do not yet exist

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Ursula von der Leyen

Ukraine is ready to reduce the price of gas transit to Europe and provide its underground storage facilities for storing strategic gas reserves. The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in a telephone conversation. A report about him was published on the website of the President of Ukraine.

“ The President of Ukraine stressed that our state is ready to reduce the cost of gas transit through its territory and provide its own underground storage facilities for storing a strategic fuel reserve, '' & mdash; the press service of the head of state reports. This proposal was named there as one of a number, “ aimed at preventing an energy crisis in Europe. ''

At the same time, Zelensky “ once again emphasized that the Nord Stream project mdash; 2 '' is primarily a threat to the security of all of Europe. ''

The idea of ​​creating strategic oil and gas reserves in the European Union was discussed back in 2002. The then European Commissioner for Energy and Transport, Loyola de Palacio, said that the countries of the union should “ guarantee Europeans access to energy resources at affordable prices. ''

Since then, however, strategic reserves of neither oil nor gas in Europe never appeared.

The leaders of the EU countries at the summit in Brussels on October 22, 2021 again returned to discussing this issue. “ We agreed to think about how we could create a strategic gas reserve, '' & mdash; von der Leyen said following the meeting.

She added that the EU countries will also consider the idea of ​​creating a common operator for joint gas purchases. In addition, she assured that the summit participants agreed to “ intensify contacts with gas suppliers '' in order to achieve diversification of supplies.

“ A more integrated gas storage system will probably help optimize prices. Countries could more easily access gas storage facilities. We can also talk about optimizing the use of the gas storage facilities themselves '', & mdash; European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said on October 13, commenting on Brussels' plans to fight high gas prices.

On the day of the summit, Zelensky said that Ukraine was ready to provide Gazprom with a discount on natural gas transit to Europe to boost supplies and ease the region's energy crisis. He clarified that the proposal concerns the transit of gas in excess of the 40 billion cubic meters established by the contract with the Russian company. m per year.

“ Ukraine offers these additional opportunities for all countries & mdash; potential transit countries. We would like to see European companies as clients, but also Gazprom there are additional capacities. Given the current rate, the discount will be, I assume, 50% “,” Zelensky said. He did not specify to whom, under what contracts and under what conditions Gazprom. should supply additional volumes of gas.

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