Ukraine should continue to prepare for the stop of the gas transit to Europe from January 1, 2020. Time before the end of the gas transit contract between Ukraine and Russia is running out and the negotiations have not started as Yuriy Vitrenko, the Naftogaz Executive Director reported on Facebook.
“As expected, the negotiations have not started, the Russian side does not except the consolidated position of the European and Ukrainian side that the refusal from the fulfillment of the decision of Stockholm Arbitration cannot be the prerequisite for the beginning of the negotiations on the new contract for transit,” Vitrenko wrote.
He noted that the sides are ready to continue the consultations toward the transit contract on the EU conditions. He called it to be the positive side of the negotiations.
Earlier Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak reported that Russia is ready to renew direct gas supplies and conclude the transit contract with Ukraine on the EU norms.
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.