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Hungary Signs Long-Term Gas Deal With Russia’s Gazprom, Enraging Ukraine

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Hungary signed a 15 year gas deal with Russia’s Gazprom, angering Kyiv, which relies on gas transit fees from the Russian Federation to Central Asia and Europe.

Hungary signed a new long-term gas supply contract bypassing Ukraine with Russian gas holding Gazprom, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

The document was signed by chief executives of Gazprom and MVM in Hungary’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ukraine will apply to the European Commission in view of the contract for the assessment of its conformance to European energy legislation, the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said earlier today.

Budapest has quarreled with Ukraine over several issues including language instruction laws for Ukrainian schools.

Budapest on Monday confirmed the deal, which will bring around 4.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia each year until 2036 through transit routes in Austria and Serbia, bypassing Ukraine, reported The Moscow Times.

The Ukrainian foreign ministry said it viewed the deal as “nothing but a political, economically unfounded decision, which has been made to the benefit of the Kremlin and to the detriment of the national interests of Ukraine and Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.” In response to the comments, Budapest summoned the Ukrainian ambassador Tuesday.

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