Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz has requested that Russia's Gazprom open the way for the transmission of Turkmen gas from the Ukraine-Russian border, the executive director of the Naftogaz group, Yuri Vitrenko, announced on Thursday.
Vitrenko wrote on his Facebook page that Naftogaz requires that Gazprom unblock gas transfers from Turkmenistan, from independent producers in Russia, and from Gazprom’s European counterparts on the Ukrainian-Russian border.
In November 2015, Ukraine stopped natural gas imports from Russia.
The agreement between the two countries on the supply of natural gas and the delivery of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine will expire at the end of 2019.
Russia and Ukraine have been in dispute over gas issues for many years, and in March 2018, a Stockholm court found in favor of Naftogaz on most major issues in the dispute with Gazprom over overcharges made for supplies to Naftogaz.
In April 2014, Gazprom increased the gas price for Naftogaz by over 80% within days following the Russian occupation of Crimea and in November 2015, Ukraine stopped natural gas imports from Russia.
Reporting By E. Gurkan Abay in Moscow
Writing By Murat Temizer