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Russia, Ukraine ready to hold gas talks with EU on 6 September — Energy ministry

September 01, 2014, 15:17 UTC+3 BRUSSELS/US KHATYN
A source close to EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said that the date of the trilateral gas talks may be defined on Tuesday-Wednesday
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BRUSSELS/US KHATYN, September 01./ITAR-TASS/. Russia and Ukraine are ready to hold a trilateral meeting on gas issues with the European Commission on Saturday, Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on Monday.

“There is an 80% probability that the meeting will take place on September 6,” Novak said, adding that Russia and Ukraine are now waiting for an answer regarding the date from the European Commission.

"We together with (Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuri) Prodan are ready, awaiting a reply from the European Commission," Novak said. Russia is prepared to hold the meeting at any place, including Moscow," he added.

A source close to EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said that the date of the trilateral gas talks may be defined on Tuesday-Wednesday.

On August 30, Ukraine agreed to resume the trilateral talks suspended in June when Russia and Ukraine again disagreed on the price and repayment of a $5.3 billion debt. On June 16, Russia’s Gazprom switched Ukraine off gas supplies.

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