The trilateral talks on the supplies and transit of the Russian gas through Ukraine to the EU will take place today, on September 19 in Brussels, as the EU delegation to Ukraine reported.
Ahead of the meeting, Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič holds bilateral talks with both the delegation of Ukraine headed by Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel and the delegation of Russia headed by Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak. The heads of Naftogaz and Gazprom are also present at the meeting.
“I am convinced that progress would send a strong positive signal to the market and to consumers ahead of the winter season,” Šefčovič said.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said: “I am convinced that progress would send a strong positive signal to the market and to consumers ahead of the winter season.”
The talks will base around the following areas: how to reflect EU energy rules in the future framework agreement, the appropriate length of the future contract, the necessary volumes with flexibility, and the tariffs.
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.