“It is strange that the deputy prime minister is talking about this, because the pumping contract is a commercial contract between one commercial organization and another commercial organization, so it is clear that commercial organizations operate on the basis of market relations,” the deputy said.

According to him, Gazprom is interested in joint work with Ukraine.

At the same time, Ananskikh noted that an "interesting commercial offer" should be received from Kiev.

Earlier, the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olga Stefanishina, said that Kiev should receive guarantees of preservation of transit and guarantees regarding "territorial integrity and sovereignty" upon completion of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.