Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz says it is committed to maintaining a reliable supply of gas to Europe, despite strained relations between Ukraine and Russia.

The comments came after a draft law was submitted on 8 August 2014 to the Ukrainian parliament which creates legal grounds for introduction of restrictions related to certain types of economic activity, including transportation of energy resources.

Such restrictions can be introduced by the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) following recommendations from parliament, the President, the Cabinet of Ministers, the National Bank of Ukraine, or the country’s Security Service. Imposition of sanctions on transit of resources can limit or terminate gas transport services by “certain counteragents” of Naftogaz and Ukrtransgas, the operator of the Ukrainian gas transport system. However, Naftogaz says that the draft law does not envision automatic introduction of economic restrictions.

In this respect, transportation of natural gas through Ukraine to the EU, Turkey, and Moldova can be passed to operators or partners not subject to sanctions. To do this, any prospective partner would have to sign direct agreements with Ukrtransgas.

Naftogaz says it remains a reliable partner for transportation of natural gas to the EU. During the current crisis between Russia and the Ukraine, the company has continued to provide quality gas-transport services despite extremely strained relations between the two countries. Naftogaz says it has remained fully reliable despite Russia’s termination of gas supplies to Ukrainian consumers in mid-June and the creation of artificial barriers to using existing gas transport facilities for flowing gas from the EU to Ukraine.

“Naftogaz confirms its readiness to continue reliable natural gas transit to European consumers,” the company’s Board Chairman Andriy Kobolyev said recently.