European Commission decision allowing Gazprom to increase volume of gas supply to Europe bypassing Ukraine must be revised – Poroshenko

European Commission decision allowing Gazprom to increase volume of gas supply to Europe bypassing Ukraine must be revised – Poroshenko

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Ukrinform
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of Poland Andrzej Duda delivered a joint statement calling for the revision of the European Commission’s decision that allows Gazprom to increase volume of gas supply to Europe bypassing Ukraine.

“Ukraine and the Republic of Poland were stunned by the European Commission’s decision of October 28, 2016, that provides an opportunity for Gazprom to increase volume of gas supply to Europe bypassing Ukraine. Content and approval procedure of this decision may violate mutual obligations within the Treaty establishing the Energy Community,” the joint statement by the Presidents of Ukraine and Poland reads, the press service of the Head of State reported.

“The decision contradicts the policy of sanctions of the EU as it stimulates additional cash inflows to Russia limiting Ukraine’s profits from gas transit,” the Presidents emphasized.

The Presidents pointed out that the given decision did not meet the rules and principles of the Energy Community and contradicted the achievement of the fundamental goal of the organization – unity of energy independent Europe. It undermines the principle of the Treaty establishing the Energy Community, as well as the rules of competition.

According to the statement, this decision also violates the provisions of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, as well as the spirit of political association and deep and comprehensive economic integration.

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