Alexey Gromov, Principal Director on Energy Studies of the Institute for Energy and Finance, gave a comment to the Business FM radio station regarding Ukraine's refusal to transit Russian gas to the EU through Sokhranivka.
- The volume of gas transit through Sokhranivka is about 10 billion cubic meters per year, which is a quarter of the volume of Russian gas transit through the territory of Ukraine, let me remind you, this is 40 billion in accordance with the transit contract until 2024. That is, three-quarters of Ukrainian transit is already sent through Sudzha, and Sokhranivka provides gas supplies to the southern part of Europe.
— From the very beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine, we, as experts, had the impression that both conflicting parties were very sensitive to the gas transportation infrastructure focused on the transit of Russian gas to Europe, since for Ukraine this is real money for the transit of Russian gas in accordance with contract. For Russia, this is also real money that Russia received from European gas buyers for the volumes supplied to these European countries. Therefore, each of the parties protected the transit systems from their possible destruction. The Russian side, in my opinion, also confirmed today that the employees of the Ukrainian gas transmission system operator continue to work at Sokhranivka to this day in order to ensure the safety and continuity of gas transit through this gas metering station.
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