: Russia and Ukraine in gas war - BBC

10:30 Sep. 9, 2016

Russia and Ukraine in gas war - BBC

Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev (UNIAN Photo)

CEO of Ukraine's state oil and gas company takes part in BBC's HARDtalk

Andriy Kobolev, the CEO of Ukraine's state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz, says Russia's president, Vladmir Putin, is using gas as a weapon against Ukraine.

"Gas is a very powerful weapon and Mr Putin is a very dangerous, experienced and efficient opponent," Mr Kobolev told BBC's HARDtalk.

There is a protracted dispute around Russia's energy supply to Ukraine, which is also used as a transit route for natural gas exports to western Europe.

Read also EU to relaunch trilateral gas talks with Ukraine and Russia

Kobolev said that President Putin had a "long-lasting and successful track record" of using gas as weapon against Ukraine and that the task of Naftogaz was "to try to resist in this war and to win this war".

EU to relaunch trilateral gas talks with Ukraine and Russia

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