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2013.08.02 14:07

Lithuania won’t get what it expects from Gazprom

DELFI2013.08.02 14:07

As Lithuania was one the first countries in the EU to start implementing the EU’s Third Energy Package, the country should not expect any concessions from the Russian monopoly Gazprom, writes www.delfi.lt with reference to the news agency BNS. 

As Lithuania was one the first countries in the EU to start implementing the EU’s Third Energy Package, the country should not expect any concessions from the Russian monopoly Gazprom, writes www.delfi.lt with reference to the news agency BNS.

“Gazprom does not wish to make any discounts to Lithuania as it has nothing to offer in return for gas price reduction,” said the vice-president of the Russian centre for political technologies, Aleksey Makarkin, to new portal gazeta.ru.

According to him, Lithuania’s decision not to postpone the implementation of the Third Energy Package will evoke negative response from Russia.

“Compromise did not work out,” Makarkin stressed, also pointing to the unofficial statements, which were made several months ago, that Gazprom could allegedly reduce gas prices for Lithuania by one-fifth, on condition that the reorganisation of the gas sector is postponed until 2020 and, in the meantime, the contract with ‘Lietuvos dujos’ is prolonged.

The head of ‘Lietuvos dujos’ Viktoras Valentukevičius on Wednesday said that the negotiations with the sole gas provider about the new five-year contract were taking place. During the talks it was expected to change the prices and the amount of supplied gas.

Lithuanian Minister of Energy Jaroslav Neverovič on Thursday, 1 August, 2013, announced that the experts’ negotiations with Gazprom had been completed and now Lithuania expects to receive ‘rational’ offers on gas prices from the Russian partners.

Meanwhile, the representatives of the board of directors of ‘Gazprom export’ denied the latter statement, and a source who claims to know what was going on told gazeta.ru that the negations are still taking place.

  

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