Speaking at the National Press Club in Japan, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said Ukraine rid itself fully from its economic and political dependence on Russia for gas, Ukrainian News reports.
“Last October, before the start of the heating season, Russia stopped gas supplies in an attempt to manufacture a crisis in Ukraine. However, we were able to reach a deal on gas supplies from the EU, and not a single cubic meter of Russian gas was bought last winter. This is the best proof of our energy independence and improved security in the energy sector,” said Poroshenko.
Poroshenko also emphasized that Ukraine began to rid itself of its gas reliаnce on Russia in 2014 after it was able to arrange for reverse gas supplies from the EU.
“Since gaining independence 25 years ago, Ukraine has been dependent on Russia for gas. All this time, Russia has been accusing Ukraine of stealing its gas and being an unreliable transit partner. That was a very dangerous game because the gas price was used as a tool to influence Ukrainian politicians and apply unfair pressure on the Ukrainian people. We put an end to that two years ago by saying that the gas price should be based on market principles,” Poroshenko said.
Poroshenko went on to say that Ukraine was, is and will be a reliable transit supplier of Russian gas to Europe, regardless.