The contract between Russia and Ukraine on the gas transit expires in January 2020 and the next round of talks is expected.
"It is very important for the role of both countries in future gas trading operations, and we are coming to these talks with an open mind because we need to find a solution and I understand that these talks have the support of both leaders in Russia and Ukraine," European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said.
He added that all alternatives for the achievement of this solution will be expected.
As we reported, the trilateral talks on the supplies and transit of the Russian gas through Ukraine to the EU will take place on September 19 in Brussels.
Earlier it was reported that the current contract between Naftogaz and Gazprom for the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine ends on December 31, 2019. Therefore, on January 1, 2020, the parties must conclude a new agreement.
On January 21, 2019, the trilateral gas talks took place in Brussels. Then Russia reported that it is ready to extend the acting contracts on gas transit after 2019. Then Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated that the return of the contracts on Russian gas transit is impossible.
In April 2019, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic reported that another round of the trilateral gas talks is planned for the end of May, after the election of the new president of Ukraine.
In June 2019, Ukraine, Russia, and the European Commission have agreed to hold the trilateral negotiations on the Russian gas transit across Ukraine's territory in September 2019.