Ukraine needs to be deprived of a monopoly position as transit country, the prime minister - the minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in interview to the German mass media declared today. He noted that new transport opportunities "from anybody will take away nothing". V. Putin especially emphasized that Russia seeks to keep cooperation with the transit countries, but in a case with the alternative directions of deliveries of raw materials, dialogue with transitors will easier carry on.
He also supported diversification of supply of gas to Europe, using alternative ways (Nord Stream and South Stream). Besides, it expressed opinion that Ukraine won't be able physically to do without supply of the Russian gas more than 1,5-2 months.