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Warsaw, 2 May 2014
European Commission's statement following the meeting of EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan
A first trilateral exchange of views dedicated to security of gas supply and transit from Russia via the Ukraine to the EU took place today in Warsaw.
In a constructive meeting the parties discussed how to best ensure continued gas supplies and transit including concerns about the outstanding debt of Ukraine and the gas price for supplies to Ukraine. They also discussed methods to increase transparency and reliability of gas flows and gas storage as well as ways to ensure the modernisation of the Ukrainian gas market and the gas transmission system.
Despite differences in views both Ukraine and Russia showed a willingness to discuss further open questions. The parties recognised the value of these trilateral discussions and agreed that today's meeting is the first step in a process aimed at ensuring gas supply to the Ukraine and the EU, both in the short- and in the long-term.
EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Prodan, therefore agreed to convene the next meeting in mid-May, with a view to find a solution by the end May.
It has been confirmed by all sides that – as long as trilateral talks are on-going - gas flows will not be interrupted.