Besides, “the ban could be imposed only on certain companies which the Ukraine government believes are dealing with terrorism. That is why ... European companies will be able to transit gas through Ukraine”, he said.
“The transit is already threatened by Gazprom. And if we look back at 2009, then the transit will stop for no reason. We believe that this situation might be repeated this winter,” said the CEO.
“Any European company” could sign transit contract with Ukraine’s Ukrtransgaz, and Russian gas would be supplied to the EU in full volume if Nazftogaz and Gazprom reached an agreement, Kobolev said.
“If the gas is not cut off, and if there is a viable legal solution to transit contracts, then we can give 100%,” he said.
Ukraine, he believes, will survive the winter without Russian gas.
Naftogaz earlier said gas transit to Europe could be carried out by companies that were not sanctioned and would sign direct agreements with Nazftogaz.
The Russian monopoly can agree to use the new scheme for some time for the sake of saving the European consumers but only if the European Commission guarantees support for Gazprom’s project of South Stream pipeline to supply gas to Europe bypassing Ukraine.
Kiev was earlier reported to plan sanctions on certain economic activities, including transportation of resources.