Batkivshchyna Party Leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes that the right steps in reforming the energy sector of Ukraine will make the country fully energy independent from external energy resources.
“Ukraine has no other choice than to do everything we can to build our energy independence,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during the XII Kyiv Security Forum.
The politician stressed that Ukraine has every chance and opportunity to be fully energy independent in the near future, but first Ukraine needs a plan for modernizing and restoring the capacity of its nuclear power, coal and renewable energy industries. In addition, corrupt barriers should be removed to attract international investors for the extraction of Ukrainian natural gas.
“Ukraine has already explored about 1 trillion cubic meters of gas, which is very attractive for foreign investors. All that is preventing this process from starting is corruption in Ukraine. There are no other obstacles,” she said, adding that today the world is using modern, effective technologies that can make Ukraine completely energy independent of Russian natural gas.
“Mass development of Ukrainian gas fields with the help of international investments will meet the natural gas needs of Ukraine in the near future and we will also be able to fill part of the country’s transit gas pipeline,” said the Head of the Batkivshchyna Party.
Also, according to Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine should not be de facto consuming Russian natural gas while the current authorities declare the complete abandonment of consumption of energy resources from the aggressor country of the Russian Federation. Therefore, the new government should investigate corruption in the energy sector by current high-level officials and bring those involved to justice.
“If nobody is prosecuted for corruption in the gas sector, it will mean the beginning of the end of the new government. I advise the new President to deal with every molecule and atom that was taken away from Ukraine over the past 5 years. I will help the new President with pleasure,” she concluded.