There will be no trilateral gas talks in Ukraine - Russia - EU format by the end of the year, stated the Minister of Energy of Russian Federation Alexander Novak, reports "Interfax".
"We aren't planning this," - he told reporters on Saturday.
According to him, the signing of agreements with Ukraine such as the "winter pack" is not required.
"Gazprom just needs a prepay from Naftogaz - and we will start the supply of gas to Ukrainian Naftogaz ", Novak said.
Let us remind that on December 9 in Brussels, were held a trilateral gas talks in format Ukraine - Russia - European Union. Naftogaz pointed out that the purchase of natural gas from Gazprom can only be subject to the signing of additional agreement, abolishing the principle "take or pay". It was not signed. In turn, Novak said that Ukraine is ready to buy gas from the Russian Federation in amount from 1.5 to 4 billion cubic meters this winter.