Russia, Ukraine and the EU agreed to continue the tripartite format of negotiations on gas issues, told reporters the head of the Ministry of energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak.
Tripartite meeting between Russia, Ukraine and the EU on gas lasted from April until mid June, but was not successful. Kiev insisted on a sharp decline in gas prices from Russia, refusing differently to repay debts, which at that time reached 4 to 5 billion dollars. Russia offered a discount, but neither its size nor the mechanism for providing the Ukraine was not satisfied. Then the Russian side said that they were ready to continue the dialogue only After payment of the debt." Gazprom on June 16, translated Ukraine for prepayment.
on the resumption of the tripartite format of the negotiations insisted the European Commission.
" About the date (the tripartite meeting) not agreed (Tuesday), but agree in principle that it is necessary to continue the work of the tripartite working group. Our leaders agreed. The date was not discussed. Meeting with Mr. Ettinger will be 29 number there we agree, " said Novak in Minsk, where there was a Meeting of the heads of the countries of the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan) with the President of Ukraine and representatives of the European Commission.
on August 29, is scheduled to Meet Novak Vice-President of the European Commission g?nther Oettinger, in charge of energy. It will be held in the Russian capital. Novak did not exclude that will meet with Ettinger and in Minsk to discuss the current situation in the gas sector, including transit through Ukraine.