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The meeting may take place in Berlin next Thursday or Friday, he told reporters.
A draft of a protocol and a memorandum will be discussed in the next few days. “If it is ready, we will meet on Thursday or Friday,” the minister said.
The last meeting in this format was held in Berlin on September 26. After the meeting, Novak said he hoped a document on Ukrainian gas issue settlement would be signed soon to ensure Russian gas supplies to Ukraine in the next six months. A separate agreement will be signed to avoid legal collisions in the dispute between Naftogaz and Gazprom in the Stockholm court of arbitration.
Ukraine will pay two billion dollars to Gazprom before October 2 for the supplied gas, and at least $1.1 billion until the end of 2014, the EU commissioner said. Thus, $3.1 billion must be paid until the end of this year.
Oettinger said final payment to settle the debts must be made after the arbitration consideration (no earlier than in the summer of 2015). The final settlement will depend on the court decision.
Ukraine’s debt for gas exceeds $5 billion.
If the Stockholm court takes a decision in favor of the Russian position, $3.1 billion will be a part of payment for Ukraine’s total debt for supplied gas. If the court rules that additional payments are needed, the commission will assume obligations to fulfill it, Oettinger added.