The European Union asked Russia to postpone talks on gas transit through Ukraine in October

MOSCOW, 7 Aug. /TASS/. The European Union has invited Russia to hold talks on gas transit through the territory of Ukraine on Oct. Before the talks were scheduled for the end of August. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of energy.

“Another consultation was planned at the end of August, but, unfortunately, the European side proposed to postpone to October,” said the Ministry.

Also the Russian Ministry recalled that the Ministry of energy of Russia from year to year speaks about the deterioration of the Ukrainian gas transport system, inadequate investment in its modernization and the risks of transit. “With the Vice-President of the EC on energy Union Maros Sefcovic we regularly discuss the situation,” – noted in the Ministry of energy.

Gazprom supplies gas to Europe through three main areas: Ukrainian pipelines, the gas pipeline Yamal – Europe through Belarus and Poland, and Nord stream through the Baltic sea to Germany.

On average, GTS brings the Ukrainian economy annually about $2 billion With the introduction of the “Nord stream – 2” and completing in 2019 the contract on volumes and terms of transit of Russian natural gas through the territory of Ukraine (2009-2019 gg.), the transit of Russian gas can be substantially reduced. As stated in June 2016 Miller, after 2020 the transit of Russian gas to the EU via Ukraine could reach 10-15 billion cubic meters.m in the new contract.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin during the big press conference said that he was not convinced of the feasibility of the termination of gas transit through Ukraine. The Chairman of Russian government Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia will not renew the contract with Ukraine for gas transit in not favorable conditions for the country.