Ukraine will make a huge mistake if it does not create the conditions necessary for the transit of Russian gas to Europe after the expiration of the agreement with Gazprom, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said in an interview with TASR. The current contract between the parties will expire at the end of 2024.
“I think that they (Ukrainians – NEWS.ru) will make a huge mistake if they do not create conditions for the transit of Russian gas to Europe, since this is an issue that concerns not only Slovakia but also Italy and Austria, which support this idea,” said Fico.
He added that there is a decision regarding the continuation of transit after the completion of the five-year agreement concluded between Naftogaz of Ukraine and Gazprom in 2019. Fico emphasized that he welcomes this opportunity even if Ukrainian companies do not directly participate. According to him, Slovak companies could enter into direct agreements with Gazprom.
Fico said the situation is “special for everyone” since Ukraine cannot afford to extend the agreement with Gazprom for political reasons. However, he noted, that Kiev understands that the transit of Russian gas brings money to the country.
Earlier, Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson said that US President Joe Biden’s decision to suspend the conclusion of new contracts for exporting liquefied natural gas is a disgusting failure since it expands Russia’s opportunities.