Ukraine, Russia start new talks to supply gas to Kiev

A view of gas pipes at a compressor station in Velke Kapusany, Slovakia on September 2, 2014, after Slovakia opened a reverse gas pipeline to send Ukraine natural gasUkraine and Russia launched EU-brokered talks in Brussels on Friday aimed at supplying gas to Kiev through next winter and securing onward deliveries to Europe. A deal to ensure supplies for the current winter expires at the end of this month, and that agreement was only agreed after tense negotiations against the backdrop of the war in eastern Ukraine. The new talks involving the Ukrainian and Russian energy ministers as well as the EU energy commissioner laid down the basis for continuing the discussions in April, a joint statement said. Russia will consider a request to grant Ukraine a discount and Ukraine will seek to purchase enough gas to fill its storage tanks while ensuring transit of supplies to Europe, it said.

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