We were ready to meet the Ukrainian people halfway ... We received a refusal. That means the Ukrainian authorities were determined to have a conflict from the start, and from January 1 to ... start stealing gas from European consumers.
Moreover, Ukraine will be stealing gas from the European Union, which it is so eager to join. All responsibility for shortage of Russian gas supplies to European customers will lie completely with the Ukrainian side.
We don't plan to put up with the fact that gas destined for European customers is being used in Ukraine. We understand it's cold, but Ukraine isn't the only place where it's cold. No one gave Ukraine the right to take more gas than contracted.