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Brussels, 21 October 2014
Gas talks: Negotiations to be continued next week
At today's gas talks in Brussels, Vice-President Günther H. Oettinger, built on his Berlin proposals and presented ways to secure gas supplies to Europe and the Ukraine during the winter season.
Vice-President Günther H. Oettinger said: "We made another step towards a possible solution and are close to an agreement on important elements. Others still need to be addressed, such as the financial gap."
The following cornerstones are undisputed:
A new round of talks is envisaged for next week, 29 October 2014 in Brussels. Until then, the EU and Ukraine will explore ways how to close the financial gap.
A winter package is necessary as both Ukraine and Russia have referred the dispute to the international arbitration court in Stockholm and a final decision on the price and the debt is only expected next year.