Under heavy EU pressure to negotiate a new gas transit pact with Ukraine, Russia’s deputy foreign minister Aleksander Pankin

Monday, June 10, 2019
Under heavy EU pressure to negotiate a new gas transit pact with Ukraine, Russia’s deputy foreign minister Aleksander Pankin

Under heavy EU pressure to negotiate a new gas transit pact with Ukraine, Russia’s deputy foreign minister Aleksander Pankin said Thursday: “No one has ever made an announcement that we will refuse [to continue gas transit]. For us, it would be deadly and irrational.” Russia is on the defensive as European traders charge that Russia’s Transneft cost them hundreds of millions of dollars by sending west large volumes of oil contaminated with organic chlorides.

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