Russia, Ukraine agree gas delivery deal until end March: EU

Moscow and Kiev agreed a gas delivery deal until the end of March after EU-brokered talks in Brussels MondayMoscow and Kiev agreed a gas delivery deal until the end of March after EU-brokered talks in Brussels Monday, securing supplies to Europe after a row over supplies to rebel-held eastern Ukraine, the EU said. Gazprom, the Russian state-owned gas giant, threatened last week to halt deliveries to Ukraine and divert stocks instead to the eastern parts of the country controlled by pro-Kremlin separatists after Kiev cut them off. “I am satisfied that we managed to safeguard the full application of the Winter Package for the supply needs in Ukraine,” said Maros Sefcovic, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union, referring to a contract expiring on March 31 that Russia had threatened to scrap.

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