Rusia a oprit – la ora 9:00 ora României, livrările de gaze către Ucraina, aşa după cum au declarat oficialii Gazprom acum câteva zile. Negocierile au eşuat şi iată că astăzi s-a întâmplat:
There will be no more delays for Ukraine to start paying for gas it gets from Russia, gas giant Gazprom announced. After failing for months to cover its gas bill, Kiev now has to pay for any gas it wants in advance.
“This decision was taken due to systematic failure of Naftogaz Ukraine to pay. The debt of the company for Russian gas stands at $4.458 billion, including $1.451 billion for November and December 2013, and $3.007 billion for April-May 2014,” Gazprom said in a statement.
Ukraine has accumulated a multi-billion dollar debt for natural gas supplied by Russia and is unwilling to pay. It calls the gas contract that former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko signed with Russia back in 2009 unacceptable and demands that Russia lower the price. This is the third time Russia has been forced to turn off gas supplies to Ukraine. Kiev was also late in payments in the winters of 2006 and 2009.
Russia has turned off gas supplies through Ukraine twice, in the winters of 2006 and 2009, after Kiev was late paying. Halting natural gas supplies not only hurt Ukraine, but also squeezed European neighbors, as prices shot up and millions of European homes were left without heat. Both periods lasted about three weeks.
Moscow was willing to offer a discount and even recalculate the debt Ukraine has accumulated since April to account for it, but Kiev rejected the offer, saying it was not good enough. Gazprom considers Ukraine’s position a form of blackmail. After negotiations on Sunday, Gazprom announced that their final pricing offer was $385 per 1,000 cubic meters of natural gas, which Ukraine still rejected. Price disputes between the two neighbors intensified after a government coup followed by violence in Ukraine, when the price of gas exports from Moscow to Kiev shot up from $268.50 to $485.00.
Europe imports a third of its natural gas from Russia, and nearly half of that is delivered via Ukraine. In 2012, over 84 billion cubic meters of gas traveled from Russia to Europe through Ukraine.
Europa este dependentă de gazul rusesc:
Ucraina are de plată 4,458 miliarde de dolari, bani de care nu dispune şi nu ştiu dacă se oferă cineva să plătească aceşti bani. Credite e greu de crezut că mai acordă cineva Ucrainei, aşa că vom vedea ce urmează.
Vă mai aduceţi aminte de gazoductul Iaşi-Ungheni? S-a inaugurat şantierul şi ar fi trebuit să fie funcţional. Dar are România capacitatea de a prelua întreruperile de gaz rusesc şi să susţină atât consumul intern dar să şi exporte către Moldova?