Over the next 10 + 5 years, Gazprom will deliver two routes to Hungary: 3.5 million cubic meters from the south, via the Serbian-Hungarian interconnector, which will be operational from October 1, or 1 percent cubic meters from Austria. Ukraine has announced that the European Commission will turn to Hungary over Gazprom’s contract because it is modest that more Russian gas will not arrive in Hungary via Ukraine.
According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba, Hungary has dealt a blow to Hungarian-Ukrainian relations in order to impose a regulation on Gazprom, excluding the Ukrainian gas pipeline from the Russian gas transmission system; according to the head of the ministry, Ukraine will give an appropriate answer. What can be Ukraine’s response, can the rights of the Hungarian minority be further violated or will other means be used?
Since the 1970s, Ukraine has become a monopoly transit country for gas exports to Europe within the Soviet Union. It was obvious that, for example, the Belarusian or Baltic route would provide a shorter connection between the Russian gas fields in Siberia and Germany. However, the Soviet export contracts signed in the late 1960s set a short deadline for the start of transport, which was covered by the Ukrainian terminals at the time, so it became clear that the management system would be built through them. In the longer term, of course, the situation was that Ukraine had a pipeline and Russia a gas, so the two countries were interdependent. Today, it is possible to have the Turkish-Serbian pipeline in the south, or in the north, with the support of Germany, in the interpretation of Nord Stream 2. Ukraine, it is now exclusion. was the condition.
There will certainly be hot-headed people, politicians, whose statements will be made about Hungary and the Hungarians in Ukraine, but I do not think that the state will make minority issues out of this within the country.