Vice-President of the European Commission on energy Union Maros Sefcovic agreed with the Minister of energy of Russia Alexander Novak in Istanbul the questions connected with gas supplies from Russia to the European Union during the coming winter, for example, the question of the trilateral format with Ukraine.
Answering the question of RIA " Novosti ", was the talk About gas supplies from Russia this winter, Vice-President of the EC, said: "Yes. I said that we had a good experience of triangular cooperation in the last two winters and maybe it would be good to repeat the experience so We were confident that gas supplies from Russia will be all right. The Ukrainian side is interested in such developments ".
The project of gas pipeline " Turkish stream was also discussed, however, According to maro? ?ef?ovi?, it was quite a short meeting." We decided to continue the discussion about it, "? he said, adding that the issue of gas pipeline project "Nord stream ? 2" was not discussed due to lack of time. About the need to restore dialogue on gas before repeatedly stated in the EU. So, Vice-President of the European Commission on energosoiuz maro? ?ef?ovi? said that the European Commission wants to restart the tripartite format of negotiations on gas from Russia ? Ukraine ? EK, believing it to be optimal at the beginning of winter. In June, he said that to start a trilateral dialogue between Moscow, Kiev and the European Commission on the problems of gas transit from Russia to EU countries via Ukraine, it might be worth after the decision of the Stockholm court. At the end of April, the European Commission has sent Moscow and Kiev a letter regarding the holding of the Ministerial meeting on Gaza. On the same day the Director of the Department of planning and European integration of the Ministry of energy and coal industry of Ukraine Mikhail BNO-Ayriyan said that Ukraine appealed to the European Commission in regard to the holding of trilateral gas negotiations EU-Russia-Ukraine. On 1 April the head of the Ministry of energy of Russia Alexander Novak said that Moscow now sees no point in the tripartite negotiations and granting Ukraine discounts on gas, since the prices are So decreased. At the same time in Kiev said that Ukraine is ready to buy gas from Russia at a price of 160-170 dollars per 1 thousand Cubic meters. In October, the permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said that the reason for the tripartite talks between Russia, the European Union and Ukraine on the new winter gas package.