Energy Commissioner Oettinger and Russian Energy Minister Novak discuss security of gas supply
Energy Commissioner Oettinger has met Russian Energy Minister Novak today in Berlin in order to discuss issues relating to security of gas supply and transit from Russia via the Ukraine to the EU.
The meeting shall prepare the ground for the next trilateral talks between the EU, Russia and Ukraine, which are scheduled for 26 May subject to confirmation by all parties involved. The aim of the trilateral meetings is to ensure continued gas supplies and transit. Concerns about the outstanding debt of Ukraine and the gas price for supplies to Ukraine are discussed in the trilateral format in order to find a solution by the end of May. Moreover, methods to increase transparency and reliability of gas flows and gas storage as well as ways to ensure the modernisation of the Ukrainian gas market and the gas transmission system are on the agenda. It has been confirmed by all sides that gas flows will not be interrupted until the end of May, see STATEMENT from 2 May.