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European Commission, Ukraine back gas talks with Russia in Warsaw on May 2

April 29, 2014, 15:24 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
At a trilateral meeting in Warsaw, EU and Kiev intend to step up debate over legal aspects of gas reverse supplies not envisaged in effective contracts between Russian Gazprom, Slovakia and Ukraine
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BRUSSELS, April 29. /ITAR-TASS/. The European Commission and Ukraine support a proposal to hold a tripartite meeting on gas supplies with Russia in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, on May 2, the press service of EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

On April 28, parliament-appointed Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coalmining Yuriy Prodan and Oettinger met in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, where they attended the signing a memorandum on mutual understanding between Slovakian company Eustream and Ukrtransgaz on reverse gas supplies.

At a trilateral meeting in Warsaw, the European Commission and Kiev intend to step up debate over legal aspects of gas reverse supplies not envisaged in effective contracts between Russian gas giant Gazprom, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Moscow intends to have “detailed talks on the whole situation in the energy sphere,” Russian Permanent Representative at the European Union Vladimir Chizhov told ITAR-TASS.

Tripartite talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU over gas transit supplies may be held in Warsaw on May 2. “Russian Energy Minister Novak had a telephone conversation with EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger. The negotiators agreed preliminarily to hold consultations on tripartite talks in Warsaw in May,” Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak’s spokesperson Olga Golant said on Monday.

Novak proposed to Oettinger to meet in Moscow on April 28 and discuss Ukrainian gas issues, ITAR-TASS reported earlier. Oettinger confirmed that the European Commission was essentially prepared to hold multilateral gas talks at the political level.

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