EC to put forward ideas to prepare next EU-Russia-Ukraine gas consultation
Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union failed to come to agreement at trilateral gas talks in Vienna on Tuesday evening.
"As the meeting has shown today [June 30], the parties are still far apart. We have agreed that the Commission will put forward ideas to prepare next steps so that the next consultation could take place. We will use the summer to start preparing the next winter season," European Commission Vice-President Šefčovič said in a statement on the outcome of the EU-Russia-Ukraine trilateral gas talks in Vienna.
"[The] trilateral consultation has again shown that all parties agree on the principles needed to ensure stable and smooth gas deliveries to Ukraine and transit to the EU. The translation of these principles into a jointly agreed final framework requires further work," Šefčovič added.
Participants in the gas talks included Šefčovič, Russian energy minister Alexander Novak, Ukrainian energy minister Vladimir Demchyshyn, and Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev.