Date: 2 months ago   Category: Energy

The EU called Russia and Ukraine for the fastest renewal of gas negotiations — Rambler News Service


Photo: globallookpress.com/Str Russia and Ukraine have to resume as soon as possible negotiations with participation of the European Commission concerning transit of the Russian gas through the territory of Ukraine after 2019, the deputy head of EC Maros Sefcovic said at a briefing. "In several weeks I will go to Moscow and there I will tell also a message that the European Union wants and intends to resume these negotiations as soon as possible. We need very rapid progress. It is not only about finding the solution for the future winter, but also signing the new long-term contract on transit of natural gas" — Sefcovic whose words are cited by the UNIAN agency told. According to him, the conclusion of such contract will be "the best news to all involved parties". As it was reported earlier, on January 21 the current year in Brussels the tripartite meeting on gas questions in the Russia — European Commission — Ukraine format took place. The Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin, the deputy head of European Commission Maros Sefcovic, the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller and the head of Naftogaz Andrey Kobolev participated in it. During the meeting the European Commission offered Russia and Ukraine version of the new contract for transit of the Russian gas through the territory of Ukraine. According to Novak, Russia, Ukraine and the EU will continue consultations on gas questions in a tripartite format at the level of ministers in May, 2019. Up to this point consultations at the expert level are expected. At the beginning of April of the current year the vice president of European Commission for the power union Maros Sefcovic said that the European Commission counts on holding a tripartite meeting on gas questions with Russia and Ukraine after elections in Ukraine. In the middle of April the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak did not exclude that the tripartite meeting can take place in May, as well as was planned earlier. At the end of April the executive director of Naftogaz of Ukraine Yury Vitrenko said that Naftogaz expects holding a tripartite meeting on gas questions at the end of May. On May 16, the head of Naftogaz of Ukraine Andrey Kobolev said that negotiations on transit of the Russian gas through the territory of Ukraine after 2019 can be resumed in June.

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