Friday, August 28, 2015

EU, Ukraine hold talks to ensure stable gas supplies

The European Union (EU) and Ukraine held gas talks on Thursday in Vienna, said a press release by the European Commission.

"The meeting was conducted in a constructive atmosphere and focused on the necessary actions to ensure stable gas supplies to Ukraine and via Ukraine to the EU during winter," said the press release.

The meeting was organized at the initiative of the European Commission and served as an intermediate step in view of preparing for the next round of trilateral gas negotiations between the European Commission, Russia and Ukraine, it said.

European Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic chaired talks, while Ukraine was represented by the Energy and Coal Industries Minister Vladimir Demchyshyn as well as the CEO from Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolyev.

This meeting will be followed by a bilateral meeting with the Russian Energy Minister on Sept. 11 in Vienna, it said.

According to the press release, the European Commission acts as a mediator in the latest round of trilateral talks that started in March 2015. The Commission aims at facilitating a new protocol on gas deliveries from Russia to Ukraine for the next heating season until the end of March 2016.

 Xinhua -


  1. Ukraine asks Russia for lower gas prices for winter season...

    Emboldened by a deal with international creditors to write down part of its debt, Ukraine Friday asked Russia for lower gas prices for the winter season.

    Gas disputes between Russia and Ukraine have led to cut-offs of supply in the past, and one standoff in 2009 caused serious disruptions in gas flowing from Russia via Ukraine to the European Union.

    Russia and Ukraine last year struck an emergency deal on prices through the winter. That deal has expired, however, and the sides have to hold new talks if Ukraine is to receive more Russian gas.

    Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Friday he is convinced that Kiev and Moscow should go back to the last winter deal, which saw Ukraine pre-pay for gas but receive a sizeable

  2. The Russian Energy Ministry does not confirm participation of its representatives in the trilateral talks with Kiev and the European Commission on Russian gas supplies to Ukraine on September 11, a ministry's spokeswoman said on Friday...

    Earlier in the day, Ukrainian Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said that the trilateral meeting will take place on September 11 in Brussels or Vienna.

    "We cannot confirm it," the spokeswoman told RIA Novosti..........


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