Hungary agreed with Gazprom on supplies bypassing Ukraine

How important this deal is for Hungary is evidenced by the fact that signing ceremony began by performing full versions of the two countries’ anthems.

A short presentation on how the contract renewal negotiations were going, speaks of a warm partnership. It’s no joke, the anniversary is very soon – Russia started gas supplies to Hungary half a century ago.

Dense rows of flags as a symbol of close cooperation. The signature on the document is put simultaneously, the Hungarian Foreign Minister is the first to applaud.

Contract with Gazprom“- this is the best option and the most reliable solution for this region of Europe, the minister believes. He does not name the price, but says that he likes it more than the previous one. The long-term contract, signed back in 1996, has already expired. to sign a new one – there was no doubt.

“For Hungary, energy supply is an economic and national security issue, not a political issue. At home, family hearths cannot be heated up with political considerations, but gas can be used,” said Peter Siyjarto, Hungarian Foreign Minister.

4.5 billion cubic meters will be supplied to Hungary annually for 15 years via two routes. The main volume is 3.5 billion cubic meters via the Turkish Stream to Serbia. From there, via a specially built pipeline to Hungary. The second part – a billion cubic meters – will be delivered via Austria.

One way or another – bypassing Ukraine, which very offended, defiantly canceled the joint meeting of the intergovernmental economic commission and will complain to the European Commission.

“The Ukrainian side will apply to the European Commission to provide an assessment of the conformity of the new Hungarian-Russian gas agreement with European energy legislation,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba was immediately upset.

The European Commission was clearly tired of the Ukrainian complaints, they answered on duty that they had no information yet and the discussion was premature.

But in Budapest, Kiev was rigidly put in place. “I am very sorry that the Ukrainians refused to hold a joint meeting with us. I don’t understand what connection he has with the agreement concluded today. We protest against attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of Hungary. or not. If their position changes, we will gladly accept them, “snapped Peter Siyjarto, Hungarian Foreign Minister.

Kiev was advised to consider contracts in conjunction with reality, thanks to this approach, the minister stressed, Hungarians will pay less than others in Europe for gas.

The terms of delivery will remain unchanged regardless of the market situation, for at least another ten years. For Hungarian consumers, the issue is essentially closed, they no longer have to follow the rising prices for natural gas or be afraid of freezing in winter.

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