Naftogaz Ukrainy stated on June 28, “The Svea Court of Appeal has today decided to amend its previous decision on suspension of enforcement of the Transit Award in the arbitration between Naftogaz and Gazprom. Gazprom’s statement of today that the court maintained its previous decision is consequently wrong. Today’s decision effectively means that the court has rejected Gazprom’s allegation that the administrative Secretary of the Court wrote a large part of the reasons of the Award.
Ukraine: Daily Briefing
June 29, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, four Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front 28 times in total, including at least 9 times with heavy weapons – mortars, tanks and artillery. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 9 and wounded 8 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. EU leaders agree to extend sanctions on Russia
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported, “European Union leaders have agreed to extend the bloc’s economic sanctions penalizing Russia for its aggression in Ukraine. The green light came during a dinner at an EU summit in Brussels early on June 29, and it will now be up to EU ambassadors to rubber stamp the decision in the weeks to come.
Both French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the leaders to agree to roll over the sanctions after giving an update on the state of implementation of the Minsk peace accords. The sanctions, which mainly hit Russia’s banking and energy sectors, were first imposed in the summer of 2014 after Russia illegally annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and began fueling the conflict in eastern Ukraine.”
3. Naftogaz Ukrainy: Swedish court effectively rejected Gazprom allegations regarding authenticity of transit award
However, the court maintained the temporary suspension of enforcement of Naftogaz’s monetary claim based on other grounds that had not been pleaded and to which Naftogaz had not been given an opportunity to respond. Naftogaz intends to make a further submission shortly, rebutting these grounds, and seeking reversal of the latest decision by the court. The present decision is not binding on courts in other jurisdictions. Naftogaz will consequently proceed with its enforcement action in other jurisdictions.”