We were willing to meet Ukraine halfway.
The problem must be solved in the coming days. This conflict absolutely has a negative impact on Russia's image and reputation.
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.
Ukraine rejected the option, which shows that the Ukrainian authorities had planned a conflict in advance, i.e. planned to tap, or simply steal, gas intended for European consumers.
Days are left before the New Year, but it is still unclear neither how will we supply gas to Ukraine nor how will we supply gas via Ukrainian territory [to Europe].
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.