Arseny Yatseniuk, Ukraine’s Prime Minister, declared that Kiev is aware of Russian plans to halt the gas flows to Europe during the winter. The remark will likely escalate the standoff happening between Moscow and Western countries.
Ukraine’s gas supply was halted in June due to gas pricing disputes. However, it continued to other countries in Europe. Yatseniuk declared:
“The situation in (Ukraine’s) energy sector is difficult. We know of Russia’s plan to block transit even to European Union countries this winter.”
No statement was made about how he knew about the alleged plans. Half of the gas exports from Russia towards EU came via Ukraine in 2013. Gazprom declined an immediate comment.
The gas supplies towards Europe through Ukraine were disrupted in 2006 and 2009 because of the price disagreements between Ukraine and Russia.
The current conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine is important for the country’s energy sector as it is a coal mining region.