According to preliminary data, trilateral negotiations at the ministerial level will be held on September 16 in Brussels.
The European Commission expects at the upcoming negotiations at the level of the ministries of Russia and Ukraine in Brussels to discuss the extension of the transit gas contract between the two countries. Moreover, a ten-year term is called – from the beginning of 2020. This was reported by TASS , citing its diplomatic source in Brussels.
– Last week, Marosh Shefchovich , deputy head of the European Commission for Energy Union Affairs, sent letters to Moscow and Kiev with proposals to hold trilateral ministerial negotiations on the terms of gas transit and supply through Ukraine from January 1, 2020 in Brussels on September 16. The date has not yet been officially approved, but both sides have already agreed in principle to hold negotiations , the agency’s interlocutor said.
According to a source, from the side of Russia at the negotiations will be the head of the RF Ministry of Energy Alexander Novak. Who will be from Ukraine is not yet known. Earlier, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Pavel Klimkin, took part in the negotiations.
– The main topic of the trilateral negotiations will be the proposal of the European Commission to sign a gas contract for 10 years from the beginning of 2020. This proposal was voiced at a previous meeting (in January in Brussels), and the parties had enough time to think it over. In this case, the priority is the predictability of supply and transit conditions for all players , the diplomat added.
Note that the current contract for the transit of Russian gas to European countries through Ukraine ends on December 31, 2019. It is noteworthy that at about the same time, it is planned to launch the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline line, which will significantly reduce the need for gas transit through Ukraine, even if a new contract is signed.
As Life reported, earlier the head of the Ministry of Energy of Russia, Alexander Novak, said that the Russian Federation prefers to directly negotiate with Ukraine on the sale of gas, Moscow proposed to Kiev to extend the current transit contract for a year . The Minister noted that in this case it is necessary to wait until a new government is formed in Nezalezhnaya .