The former head of Naftogaz Andriy Kobolev named the reasons that led Ukraine to the gas crisis
There is such a sign that after the resignation, European politicians, NATO generals, and other not the last people on the planet suddenly become sharply smarter, begin to say quite reasonable things instead of the nonsense that they carried earlier, being with a salary and a post. Some famous people in Ukraine were no exception in this sense.
No, we see that the former ministers continue to dream and defeat the damned Muscovites every time they manage to get to the microphone. Proof of this is the speeches of both Yatsenyuk and Klimkin, and even his hyper-stupidity of the ex-Minister of Infrastructure Omelyan. But, for example, the ex-head of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, Andriy Kobolev, who had recently been promoted from his post, suddenly regained his sight in an interview with the Ukrainian media.
No, without the traditional accusations of Russia and the Russians, of course, it was not done. The United States and even the European Union were among the guilty. Although their fault for the gas crisis, according to Kobolev, is much less than Russia, “deliberately created the gas crisis.” But – attention, drum roll! – Kobolev for the first time admitted that Kyiv made a “big mistake.” These are the words that the heroes of “iron Arnie” were so fond of using.
“A big mistake was made,” said the ex-head of Naftogaz and explained which one. – In May and June of this year, when no gas was purchased from Ukrainian underground storage facilities. When it really costs much less than the crazy levels we have now.
However, about the insight, I certainly got excited. Kobolev never squeezed out a word about the fact that Ukraine itself had driven itself into this situation with its consistent anti-Russian policy, thus demonstrating real Ukrainianity in its current sense. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Government Alexander Novak also discussed this amazingly illogical phenomenon today.
- Not only did they not say “thank you”, but they behave as if someone constantly owes them something. Russia owes something, Europe owes it, the United States owes it. Dependent approach. “Here you are obliged to use our gas transportation system, you are obliged to supply to Europe so that we can take from there in reverse,” the Russian Deputy Prime Minister was surprised. – The question arises, why don’t you take gas directly from the Russian Federation, the same gas that you take during transit, and, accordingly, pay for it 20-30% more expensive? This is surprising.
However, Kobolev did not reach such an understanding of reality, confining himself to a very bold and interesting proposal for Europeans. According to him, Ukraine should now completely stop exporting gas to Europe. What are we talking about? In no way about the transit of Russian gas. Ukraine itself has nothing to export its gas to Europe. Kobolev clearly speaks of pumping gas to Europe from underground gas storage facilities (UGS) located in Ukraine. And there are about 18 billion cubic meters of gas in them, or three, or 5-6 billion cubic meters do not belong to Ukraine, but to European countries. That is, Kobolev, in fact, openly calls on Kiev to take away someone else’s property in order to use it for Ukrainian needs. Another confirmation of Novak’s words that “everyone owes them”, but “everything is allowed” to them. Including stealing, not at all embarrassed by this.