European Commission invites Russia and Ukraine to gas negotiations

Moscow and Kyiv have been invited to Brussels for trilateral negotiations on gas transit, Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič stated on Twitter. “I expect that commercial entities will also attend. It is important to build on the positive momentum created in July,” he added.

Earlier, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak stated that the meeting of experts from Russia, the European Commission and Ukraine for trilateral negotiations on gas would take place by the end of the year or in early January.

Russian-Ukrainian agreements on gas transit through Ukraine will expire in 2019. Last July, after the trilateral meeting between the EU, Russia and Ukraine in Berlin, Šefčovič stated that Moscow and Kyiv found it is necessary to develop a new agreement in 2020.

In August, at the meeting with the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that current gas transit through Ukraine would remain unchanged.

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