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Checkmate: Brussels set a “gas ultimatum” to Zelensky

29.05.2019 Anton Chekhov

Despite the fact that the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, spoke negatively towards Russia, anyway, he will have to look for ways to find a common language with Vladimir Putin. Europe puts ultimatum to Ukraine, and this is not a joke.

As you know, the gas contract between Russia and Ukraine expires at the end of this year. If Kiev cannot reach an agreement with Moscow, then it can remain without the necessary fuel. More precisely, Ukraine will have to buy the fuel more complex ways from other states.

In connection with the current situation, the head of the European Commission for the Energy Union, Maroš Shečović, who was present at Zelensky’s inauguration, called Ukraine for the matter to be settled in a tripartite format (Russia, Ukraine and the European Union) as soon as possible.

“He proposed to consider holding a new trilateral ministerial meeting on gas as soon as possible to discuss transit issues after 2019,” said a source familiar with the situation.

For the most part, Brussels should not worry about what contracts Kiev enters into.

However, they understand that stopping the transit through Ukrainian gas pipelines can permanently “cut out” the gas transportation hub of Ukraine from the Russia-Ukraine- EU system.

European politicians guess that Moscow may use other pipelines. Only Kiev will be the loser in this situation.

Why does the EU come to the defense of the Ukrainians? This can be explained at least by the desire not to fall into the mud with a face in the international arena.

In Europe, they understand that in any case, they will have to buy Russian gas and Moscow is in a favorable situation with any outcome. To show interest in problems of Ukraine, the European Union are taking such steps.