Reverse-flow gas supplies from Europe enabled Ukraine to replace about 60 per cent of Russian gas (photo: dpa)

Ukraine‘s future energy security lies in Europe and the EU

Ukraine’s energy security lies in it integrating into the European Union’s common energy market. In the short-term, Ukraine’s gas supply security depends on increasing gas reverse-flows from Europe. But the old-pipeline network is controlled and influenced by Russian energy giant Gazprom even in EU member states. The main Russian transit pipelines to Slovakia have enough spare capacity for reverse-flows from west to east for Ukraine to replace all Russian gas imports. But it is not just the commercial and political strength of Gazprom and the Kremlin which is blocking the reverse-flow, as a failure to implement the EU’s TEP in some of its member states.

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Dr. Frank Umbach
Including Ukraine into the EU’s integrated gas market will strengthen energy supply security on both sides as Ukraine has the largest underground gas storage network in Europe
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