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EU cuts Ukraine loose, energy deal must be negotiated with Russia

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 383.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the European Commission recommendation that Ukraine returns to direct gas purchases from Russia. In a stunning energy policy reversal, the EC now wants Kiev to buy Russian gas in the amount of around 15 billion cubic meters per year, effectively doing away with the nonsensical ‘reverse gas’ sales hoax the EU was peddling to the Russia for nearly five years.

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Via TASS News Agency…

The European Commission (EC) has recommended direct purchases of the Russian gas totaling around 15 bln cubic meters per year to Ukraine to reduce expensive reverse supplies, a source in the EU’s institutions close to trilateral gas talks told TASS on Tuesday.

“The European Commission has recommended Kiev to return to direct purchases of the Russian gas totaling around 15 bln cubic meters starting 2020 to reduce costs on reverse purchases of the same gas,” the source said. The interlocutor explained that the return to direct purchases would make it more interesting for Russia to use Ukraine’s gas transport system to pump gas to Europe, as well as ease gas tariffs tensions. The Ukrainian side is attempting to offset additional costs incurred by Kiev due to the refusal to purchase gas directly through raising tariffs on Russian gas supplies, the latter added.

The source refused to provide comments on Moscow’s request to withdraw all mutual claims of Russia’s Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz, as well as to abandon the performance of already taken court decisions.

The European Commission suggested earlier that the second technical meeting of experts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union be held on November 19 to prepare another round of ministerial trilateral gas consultations scheduled for late November. However, neither of the parties confirmed holding the technical meeting.

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November 25, 2019

That Kolomoiski interview makes me speculate about some things. From what I remember Kolomoiski was connected (I suspect VERY connected) with the MH17 shoot down. For him to bring up the threat of making a deal with Russia would indicate to me that he will have to bring something big to the table for Putin to even consider talking to him. Now, Kolomoiski being the crooked slimy turd he is, will not feed himself into the truth meat grinder but will be busy “grooming” somebody(s) for the fall. The thing is, the MH17 back story and coverup is a REALLY… Read more »

Reply to  Marcus
November 25, 2019

Wrong forum, mate. This is about gas supplies, not MH17 (MH370).

Reply to  BobValdez
November 26, 2019

I was referencing the comment at the end (around 16:30) about Kolomoiski’s interview.

Reply to  Marcus
November 27, 2019

Knowing V.V. Putin’s spirit and traditional old orthodox peoples’ belief, he will not succumb to anglozio machinations.
So God help. !!!

Olivia Kroth
November 26, 2019

I wonder if this is really good for Russia. Ukraine is bankrupt and notoriously has not paid for gas in the past. The Russians should not sell anything to Ukraine, if they do not get paid. No freebees!

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