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Novak: summer package to be discussed at trilateral gas talks in late March

March 02, 2015, 23:11 UTC+3
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BRUSSELS, March 2. /TASS/. The issue of the so-called summer package of gas supplies to Ukraine will be discussed at trilateral gas talks in late March, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told journalists on Monday after the Russia-EU-Ukraine gas talks.

He said the sides had agreed to continue monitoring of the winter package for Ukraine till the end of March.

"We will have additional consultations concerning continuation of the talks in this period," he said.

Novak said that the Ukrainian side had confirmed that it was ready to pay for Russian gas as and when necessary, depending on air temperatures and demand.

He reminded that as of Monday Ukraine had prepaid for 68 million cubic metres of gas. Ukraine’s demand is ten million cubic metres of gas a day, which would depend on consumption.

"Now, it is difficult to say when another advance payment will be made. But our colleagues have reassured that they have resources enough and they will use them as and when necessary. Gazprom will supply exactly as much of gas as prepaid," Novak said.

He also stressed that Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission had not signed any documents at today’s talks.

"We signed no documents today because it is not necessary. We have agreements reached in October 2014. No one has cancelled them. They are effective till the end of March," the Russian minister added.

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