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Russia, EU, Ukraine to hold energy talks this week
September 22, 2014, 5:19 pm


Six EU countries depend on Russia for 100 per cent of their gas imports [Xinhua]

Six EU countries depend on Russia for 100 per cent of their gas imports [Xinhua]

The next trilateral ministerial meeting between the European Union (EU), Russia and Ukraine on energy security will take place on September 26 in Berlin, the EU announced Monday in a statement.

The European Commission is ready to discuss Gazprom’s South Stream gas pipeline project at the meet, said an EU spokesperson.

The three sides will be represented by the European Commission Vice-President Gunther Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan at the crucial meet.

The announcement came after European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the energy situation during a phone conversation on September 15.

Russian state run energy giant Gazprom said last week Ukraine must ensure reliability of passage of Russian gas deliveries to Europe.

Gazprom has already notified the European Commission of “a possible disruption in the gas transit” in case Ukraine decides to siphon off the gas, the company said.

The EU is heavily dependent on Russia, from whom it imports a third of its oil needs, 39 per cent of gas and 26 per cent of solid fuels, according to official EU statistics. Six EU countries depend on Russia for 100 per cent of their gas imports.

Russia has halted gas flows to Ukraine, a major transit route for EU gas supply, since June this year over price disputes with Kiev.

Meanwhile, Putin discussed the implementation of the Ukraine reconciliation plan with members of the Russian Security Council, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

“President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with permanent members of the Council. The implementation of the southeast Ukraine peace plan, including provisions of the “Putin plan,” was discussed at the meeting,” he said.


Source: Agencies

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