The European Commission intents to continue the contacts with Ukraine and Russia in order to reach the final decision on the gas questions at the political level was affirmed by the Chairman of the European Commission on energy issues Maros Shefchovich, Interfax.
Shefchovich also mentioned that the gas talks would be in "Normand format", because the gas issue was highlighted in the Minsk Agreement.
On June 29, Russian "Gazprom" sent a Ukrainian "Naftogaz" an offer to sign a sale and purchase agreement, which would be additional to already existing contract on gas from 2009 on the period of the third quarter of 2015. According to Russia, the price of gas for Ukraine (with $ 40discount) in this period, side should be $ 247.18 per thousand cubic meters. This price does not differ from the price for the gas for the second quarter.
Earlier today, "Naftogaz" stated that on Wednesday Ukraine would receive gas only from Slovakia. Today Alexei Miller, the head of "Gazprom", stressed that since the beginning of the day gas supply has been stopped, because Ukraine had not transferred advance payment for shipments in July.
Yesterday a tripartite meeting on the expiration of the additional agreement between "Gazprom" and "Naftogaz” took place in Vienna. Shefchovich noted that the parties have not reached a compromise on the issues regarding price of Russian gas for Ukraine, contract terms, and amount of gas.