The LigaBusinessInform news agency writes about the diplomatic scandal between Ukraine and Hungary.
“Hungary has dealt a blow to Ukrainian-Hungarian relations,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. This is an interference in the internal affairs of Hungary, Kulebi replied to his Hungarian counterpart Peter Siyyarto. Diplomatic missions of both countries summoned ambassadors to the carpet.
The reason for the quarrel is the transit of Russian gas. On September 27, the Hungarian state-owned company MVM CEEnergy Ltd signed a long-term contract with Gazprom for the supply of 4.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year bypassing Ukraine. At the same time, 3.5 billion cubic meters will flow through Serbia through the Turkish Stream gas pipeline and its overland extension through the Balkans, and another 1 billion cubic meters of gas through Austria.
The contract is for 15 years with the possibility of revision in 10 years. The agreement will enter into force on October 1.
The country’s energy security is a matter of sovereignty and economy, not politics, Siyarto said. And the routes of gas transportation, determined by the supplier, are quoted by the Russian media.
“Gas consumption will not decrease, and the role of Gazprom will not decrease either. You can’t heat the house with political statements, “he said.
Gazprom is the main supplier of natural gas to Hungary. In 2020, it delivered 8.6 billion cubic meters. The key importers were the Hungarian-Russian joint venture Panrusgaz and Gazprom’s subsidiary WIEE Hungary Kft.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry immediately announced its intention to apply to the European Commission to assess whether the agreement between Russia and Hungary complies with European energy legislation. The inspection has already begun.
“The contract was signed yesterday. I have already asked my colleagues to check what the consequences will be, “said European Commission spokesman Tim McPhee at a briefing on Tuesday, September 28, Interfax-Ukraine reports.