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The head of the energy Ministry of Russia Alexander Novak said after tripartite negotiations Russia, Ukraine and EU on gas that Moscow is ready to extend the current contract for the transit of gas through Ukrainian territory, or make a new one. About it reports TASS.
“An important question in this regard is contingent, is our position, the Russian Federation, we must resolve all of the disputed relationship before the beginning of the new phase of the relationship, because it’s commercial contracts, which are implemented primarily commercial organizations”, — said Novak.
Following a meeting of representatives of the EU, Russia and Ukraine will be held in October. Until then, the expert group will examine the issues of volumes, which in the future will be supplied on a long term basis to European consumers, as well as the transit rate.
On 16 July the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said at a joint press conference with the American leader Donald trump that Moscow is ready to extend the contract for gas transit to the EU via Ukraine in the event of a settlement of the dispute between “Gazprom” and “Naftogaz” in the Stockholm arbitration court.
In February of this year the Stockholm arbitration court, having considered the counter-claims of “Gazprom” and “Naftogaz” on gas supply and transit, decided that the Russian company must pay out of 2.56 billion for failure to supply the agreed volumes. Gazprom challenged this decision, the Ukrainian side is seeking its execution.
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