Gazprom cannot do without Ukraine in 2020

Gazprom will not find sufficient capacity on alternative export routes to Europe before 2020, meaning it will have to sign a new deal with Naftogaz Gazprom will not find sufficient capacity on alternative export routes to Europe before 2020, meaning it will have to sign a new deal with Naftogaz.
By Silvia Favasuli 22 March 2018 0 30128
Pipelines being transported by rail. Transportation of pipes for Nord Stream 2. (Gazprom)

Gazprom said on 2 March that it will not renew its Ukrainian transit contracts with Naftogaz Ukrainy when they expire in December 2019, but the reality is it will almost certainly have to do so, as no alternative routes will be available by then.

 The Russian monopoly has been working on reducing its reliance on Ukraine’s transport network for years. Its Nord Stream 2 pipeline will have a capacity of 55 billion cubic metres per year and will offer a new northern route...

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