Ukraine wants to buy more gas from Europe, including from Romania


Ukraine has planned to acquire a higher gas volume from Europe and will start imports from Slovakia and Hungary in Q1 this year, Energy and Coal Minister in Kiev Eduard Stavitsky stated, quoted by RIA Novosti agency. “With Slovakia there are still technical details to talk about, while with Hungary all the details have been settled. We rely on the first quarter (as deadline for starting imports – Ed.)”, the Ukrainian minister stated. Ukraine already imports gas from Europe via Poland, in the attempt to reduce its dependence on Russian gas.  Media in Kiev has reported that Ukraine planned to import gas from the LNG terminal in Turkey, via Bulgaria and Romania. Stavitsky also stated that Ukraine was working on developing two new gas import routes from Europe, with a reversible flow. At the same time, Ukraine seeks new gas suppliers, besides the current partners, Germany’s RWE, from where it started buying in November 2012. “We are currently in negotiations”, the minister added, without specifying the name of companies they were negotiating with.

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