EU countries’ dependence on Russian gas supplies varies from 18% to 80%, and Finland and Estonia will receive at least 60% less gas than they need in the coming winter season, if Russian gas supplies are completely halted, Oettinger said presenting outlook of the European Commission for a worst case scenario of stopping Russian gas supplies.
The underground storages of Europe are 80% full, and gas reserves in Ukraine stand at 17 billion cubic meters, he said.
Oettinger said on he hopes that Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will manage to agree on Russian national gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine at their trilateral talks next Tuesday in Brussels.
The European Union, Oettinger said, must not be a hostage of the Russian-Ukrainian gas spat.
The EU energy commissioner is expected to pay visits on Sunday and Monday to Moscow and Kiev respectively within the frames of preparations for the trilateral talks in Brussels on October 21.
The previous three-party gas talks were held on September 26 in Berlin where Russia, Ukraine and the EU prepared a new package deal on settling the gas dispute, which needed to be approved by the governments of the relevant countries.
Details of the new package deal were announced by EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger.
Gazprom will supply 5 billion cubic meters to Ukraine at $385 per 1,000 cu m. This price includes a $100 discount and will be effective only for six months.
After Kiev repays $2 billion in debt, Gazprom will supply at least 5 billion cu m to Ukraine and these deliveries will be obligatory for both sides.
Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller earlier said he was doubtful that Ukraine would timely repay its gas debt.