“The fact that Putin knew the details of gas issues proves once again how important this topic is for Russia. My impression of the President of the Russian Federation: he wants to understand the details himself, wants to show himself as a person who knows what he’s talking about, ”he said in an interview with Gordon.

According to Vitrenko, the Russian president at the negotiating table "poured details on the subject of Ukrainian-Russian gas relations, knew all the amounts, rates and so on."

“I had a lot of time to discuss these details directly with him,” the executive director added.

“Do you think I regularly communicate with Putin personally? No, this was the first and perhaps last time. To be honest, I was a little shocked ... Not every day I have to argue with Putin, especially since I was not going to meet with him there, ”he emphasized.

The Norman Summit was held in Paris on December 9th. According to its results, a communique was adopted, which concerns, inter alia, the implementation of the political provisions of Minsk.

On December 30, Russia and Ukraine signed a package of agreements to continue gas transit through Ukraine.

On January 1, gas transit through Ukraine began under a new contract, the Ukrainian GTS Operator announced the delivery of the first cubic meters of Russian gas to the European Union.

According to the head of Naftogaz Andrey Kobolev, the transit of natural gas through the territory of Ukraine in 2020 may reach 75 billion cubic meters. m