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Slovakia supporting Ukraine despite risks – Hamžík

Slovakia’s ambassador-at-large for energy security explains his country’s reverse-flow support for Ukraine Slovakia’s ambassador-at-large for energy security explains his country’s reverse-flow support for Ukraine.
By Dariusz Kalan 17 July 2017 0 26782
Pavol Hamžík. (Ukrainian foreign ministry)

Pavol Hamžík is Slovakia’s ambassador-at-large for energy security. He talked to Interfax Natural Gas Daily about Slovakia’s policy in the gas sector towards its eastern neighbour Ukraine.

Interfax Natural Gas Daily: Slovakia launched its reverse-flow pipeline to Ukraine in September 2014 at the peak of the Russia-Ukraine crisis, offering the easiest and cheapest way for Kiev to buy gas from the West. What was the country’s motivation?

Pavol Hamžík: We were one of the main victims in 2009, so it was easy to imagine what may happen...