MOSCOW, 26 Nov. The probability of interruptions in gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine in winter 2015/2016 low enough, said the head of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Andrey Kobelev.
“I would say that the probability of such a situation is rather low this winter,” he said in an interview with CNN on whether there is a threat of a repeat of the crises of 2006 and 2009, when Europe couldn’t get enough gas because of the difficulties in relations between Kiev and Moscow.
“The main reason is what I mentioned before. The market has changed dramatically. There are many vendors who would like to replace, for example, “Gazprom”, if they try to repeat gas crisis of 2009, for example,” he added.
The gas conflict between Russia and Ukraine several times affected the supply of Russian fuel through Ukraine to Europe. Thus, on 1 January 2009 Gazprom cut gas supplies to Ukrainian customers due to the lack of a contract, and January 7, stopped gas supplies to Europe because Ukraine has blocked transit gas pipelines. Many European countries, especially in Eastern Europe, have faced difficulties in securing domestic and industrial consumers with gas. “”Gazprom” on January 13, tried to restore gas transit to Europe, but Ukraine rejected the bids for pumping gas.
At the turn of 2005-2006, the conflict over gas prices for Ukraine resulted in its short-term disconnect and failure of deliveries to Europe. Gazprom on 1 January 2006, was forced to cut off supplies to Ukraine because of the absence of an agreement, after which the Ukrainian side has started siphoning destined for Europe gas. “Gazprom” had to compensate for the lost Europe volumes of fuel.