Kremlin Responds to Kyiv’s Reaction to Gazprom-Hungary Contract

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According to Russian President Dmitry Peskov’s press secretary, the gas deal struck with the Russian Federation promises Hungary reliable and consistent gas supplies, does not infringe anyone’s rights or international norms, and no one, which includes Ukraine, has the business interfering in trade and economic ties, RIA reports.

On Monday, Hungary and Gazprom inked a new deal. We’re talking about 4.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year delivered to Hungary over the next 15 years. Serbia will supply 3.5 billion cubic meters of gas annually, while Austria will provide 1 billion.

Kyiv wants to seek the European Commission for a contract to send gas to Europe without going through Ukraine. The deal, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, is harmful to bilateral Ukrainian-Hungarian ties.

According to Peskov, Kyiv’s harsh response to the pact does not need retaliation.

“There is no need for retaliation in such a situation. Our bilateral connections with Hungary are being implemented. We’re talking about a long-term agreement that would provide stable, predictable, and consistent deliveries of blue fuel to Hungary via assured, commercially lucrative channels,” reporters cited Peskov as saying.

He stated emphatically that the contract did not infringe on anyone’s rights.

“No one’s rights are being violated here, no international trade standards are being broken here, and very few countries, including Ukraine, have the authority to meddle in this area of Russian-Hungarian ties,” Peskov added.