Moscow and Kyiv are not only fighting each other on the war front in Ukraine. A dispute has now broken out between the two countries over Russian gas supplies to Europe.
The victims of this quarrel could be those European countries that obtain Russian natural gas via Ukraine, including Austria. The Russian gas supplier Gazprom has accused the Ukrainian company Naftogaz of not fulfilling its transit obligations at the Sokhranivka border crossing point. Gazprom criticizes that less gas has been delivered to Europe through Ukraine since May.
For Ukraine, in turn, Russia is responsible for reducing the flow of gas to the west via Ukrainian territory. A squabble that has dragged on for a long time, as both sides in this dispute are unyielding. The situation is muddled. Naftogaz even filed a lawsuit with a Swiss arbitral tribunal in early September to obtain fines from Russia for undelivered gas volumes.