A top executive of Ukraine’s state gas importer and distributor Naftohaz Ukrainy has rejected a set of conditions set by Russia's Gazprom as a basis to allow Russian gas transit across Ukraine and into Europe to continue after 1 January 2020.

Naftohaz executive director Yuri Vitrenko described Gazprom's prerequisites as “far-fetched issues that can not be used as an excuse to avoid signing a new gas transit agreement between the two countries”.

At a meeting with Germany’s special government envoy Georg Graf Waldersee on 6 November, Gazprom executive chairman Alexei Miller reiterated a set of prerequisites that the company wants Ukraine to fulfill before talks on an extension of the Russian gas transit agreement can start.