Trilateral talks with #Russia and Ukraine on future of gas transit via #Ukraine to take place on Monday 21st

| January 21, 2019

The 2nd round of political trilateral talks with Russia and Ukraine on the future of gas transit via Ukraine will take place on Monday 21st January 2019 in Brussels.

The meeting will take place with the participation of Vice President responsible for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Andriy Kobolyev, CEO of Naftogaz on the Ukrainian side and Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Alexander Medvedev, deputy chairman of Gazprom on the Russian side.

Vice President Maroš Šefčovič said: “I welcome very much that both sides have agreed to come to Brussels for the second round of negotiations at ministerial level. I welcome also the presence of top representatives of the two incumbent gas companies. Exactly six months have passed since we met in this format for the first time in Berlin. A couple of talks at senior expert level have taken place since then and it is time to take stock of where we are in the process and discuss the way forward on the key parameters agreed in Berlin. We need a strong commitment by the two sides to advance in the talks, given that the existing transit contract expires at the end of this year.”

A first ministerial meeting on the topic took place on the 17th of July 2018, followed by meetings at expert during the second half of 2018. Discussions on Monday will build on the expert-level meetings and focus on the key parameters agreed in Berlin, notably the applicable legal framework, volumes, duration and tariffs. The trilateral meeting starts at 3pm, preceded by bilateral meetings between Vice-President Šefčovič and each of the Ministers.

The meeting will be followed by a press point by the vice president at the VIP corner at 5pm transmitted live by EbS.

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