ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — Russia and Ukraine will resume their normal gas cooperation after Kiev realizes that it has no monopoly on gas transit to Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
"… if Ukraine realizes that it does not have monopoly on gas transit, the blackmail by some officials in that country over these deliveries will stop and we will return to a normal business cooperation," Putin said at a meeting with heads of international news agencies on Friday.
According to Putin, Russia is not refusing to transport gas through Ukraine completely, though the main issue is the volume of gas and its distribution.
In November 2015, Ukraine halted purchases of Russian gas, saying the pricing offered by its European partners was much lower than that offered by Moscow.
Earlier in June, Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz offered Russian energy giant Gazprom to sign additions to a gas supplies contract, adding that Gazprom may become a supplier for Ukraine once its prices are lower than those offered by European suppliers.