Minister of economy of Austria: the EU could pay the debt of Ukraine for gas
Andrey Zolotov. The situation with gas supplies from Russia to Ukraine requires a political solution, with the participation of the EU, including the possible payment by the European Union debt of Ukraine, said the Minister of economy of Austria Reinhold Mitterlehner.
on the first day of the week " Gazprom " has translated Ukraine for the prepayment of the gas once dialogues about the new price and payment of debts, which went under the mediation of the European Commissioner for energy Gunther Oettinger, proved fruitless. The suspension of gas supplies from Russia to Ukraine entails the danger of a violation by Ukraine of its transit obligations on gas supplies from Russia to Western Europe. Now the European consumers will receive gas from Russia in full.
" We are ready for the crisis, However, the medium-term Outlook seems to me is not without issues, " quotes on Tuesday the Austrian press Agency APA interview of the Minister radio ORF.
He noted that in the short term, Austria can receive gas via other pipelines and destocking. In winter gas Austria enough, He said." anyway, until February We get. I guarantee that winter We will survive, " said Mitterlehner. At the same time, According to the Minister, requires a political solution." If We do not come to a political solution with Ukraine at the EU level, we will have problems, " said Mitterlehner.
He believes that the EU could eventually cover the debts of Ukraine in view of the current economic weakness of the country. However, For the further economic development of Ukraine seek the solution of political confrontation in the country, which takes three to four months, He said.
According to Mitterlehner, stockpiling gas in Austria are now 5, 3 billion cubic meters, which is 65% more than in the same period last year, reports the Agency. Austria gets from Russia about 60% of the gas from the total volume of its consumption.