In 2018, the transit of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine amounted to 86.8 billion cubic meters. Under the new agreement, Russia has committed to sending 65 billion cubic meters of gas via Ukraine in 2020 and 40 billion cubic meters per year between 2021 and 2024. Russia`s Gazprom said the deals were part of a “grand package aimed at restoring the balance of interests of the parties.” Each country shall protect, in a specific order, the rights of its citizens residing in another country, in accordance with the obligations arising from the documents of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other universally recognized principles and norms of international law, agreements within the Commonwealth of Independent States. The agreement was submitted to the Russian and Ukrainian deputies for approval.  Both parliaments ratified the agreement on 27 April 2010.  The Ukrainian parliament ratified it after several eggs were thrown by MPs and other incidents at spokesman Delodymyr Lytvyn.    Russia and Ukraine on Thursday reached an “agreement in principle” to continue the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory. According to the European Union (EU) official, the agreement covered “all the key elements” and said it was “very good and very good news for Europe, for Russia, for Ukraine, for gas markets and for the citizens of all countries”. – A settlement of the legal rights arising from the existing ten-year transit agreement, which expires at the beginning of the reception day, 1 January 2020. .