Medvedev: the issue of gas supplies from Russia to Europe both parties are interdependent from each other

Medvedev: the issue of gas supplies from Russia to Europe both parties are interdependent from each other


MOSCOW, 11 February. the issue of gas supplies from Russia to Europe both parties are interdependent from each other. This opinion was expressed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt.

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“Obviously, there is no dependence to EU is not here, because this relationship always is bilateral. Yes, you get the gas from Russia, for us it is really beneficial and helpful. But with the other hand, if you refuse to buy it, it’ll be the same test as the European Union. Therefore this mutual dependence, and mutual dependence is called business,” he said.

Speaking about bilateral issues in this area concerning the implementation of projects of alternative pipelines (in particular, the “Nord stream-2” – approx.TASS), Medvedev noted, in particular, the Third energy package of the EU that endangers these projects.

“We (his) do not consider optimal and equitable, and we believe that in some cases it simply prevents among countries and helps other countries, that is, it creates a situation of justice”, – expressed his opinion to the Prime Minister.

He added that some European leaders, in particular, are afraid to lose transit fees if the gas supplies will be carried out through Ukraine. “But, frankly, Ukraine is so sensitive country, that’s not the point of some of our current relationship, but just that, unfortunately, is a very risky story,” he said.

But, according to him, many countries believed that “able to purchase, and the business is able to acquire more benefits.”

“But most importantly, we are diversifying the supply chain and create reliability of these supplies,” he concluded.

Read the whole interview