The realization of a proposal of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to merge Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukrainy contradicts Ukrainian national interests and will lead to the creation of a new monopoly in Europe, Ukraine's third president Viktor Yushchenko said.
A relevant statement was posted on the Our Ukraine's Web site.
Yushchenko said that Putin's proposal means the creation of Gazprom of "the cold war time," when gas and oil would be used as the tools of pressure on the whole Europe.
"This imperial project contradicts Ukrainian national interests and crosses out all Ukraine's successful groundwork for the last 18 years on the Ukrainian energy sector's integration to the civilized European energy space, where each person has free access to energy under fair rules and norms," Yushchenko said.
"This is the way to corruption and dictate in Ukrainian and consequently European energy sectors," Yushchenko said.