European Commission disappointed with gas talks »GoGetNews News

Marosh Shefchovich, Deputy Head of the European Commission for the Energy Union, said he was disappointed with the results of the meeting on gas in the format of the Russian Federation – EU – Ukraine.

"I am disappointed with today's outcome and I say it openly. I prepared the meeting so that if there was political will, there could be positive progress," he said.

The European Commission also called on Russia and Ukraine to sign an agreement on gas transit as soon as possible and to organize a new tripartite meeting as soon as possible.

Shefchovich noted that the Russian delegation is not ready to make concessions at gas consultations.

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He added that Kiev is ready for a discussion on a “package” decision on gas, including direct purchases of Russian gas and a settlement agreement on a judicial dispute. According to the deputy head of the European Commission for the Energy Union, the new operator of the Ukrainian gas transportation system is likely to be created before the end of the year.

In turn, the Minister of Energy and Environment of Ukraine Alexey Orzhel said that Kiev hopes to sign a new gas transit contract with Russia before the end of this year.

"We hope that we sign this agreement before the end of the year and ensure stable supplies to European (consumers)," he said.

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