Brussels decides fate of Russian gas in Ukraine

Trilateral talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU on gas supplies to Ukraine started today in Brussels at 3.00pm. The talks were preceded by a meeting of the Russian delegation with the Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union, Maros Sefkovic, and negotiated the summer gas supplies to Donbas. The problem had previously been raised in the format on October 31, 2014, when the conditions for winter gas supplies to Ukraine had been set, including the prepayment for gas until March 31, 2015.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the summer gas supplies will not be discussed. In his words, Russia will supply Donbas only if Naftogaz expresses its refusal to supply them in written form. He reminded that Russia was supplying Donbas with 12 million cubic meters of gas a day, according to the Gazprom-Naftogaz contract of 2009. 

Anna Kaisa Itkonen, spokeswoman of the European Commission for energy, stated that gas supplies to Donbas and Ukraine as a whole should be discussed separately. 

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman of the Russian president, told Vestnik Kavkaza that Russia could stop supplying Ukraine with gas if Kiev would not make prepayments.

Vyacheslav Kulagin, the director of the Center for Studies of World Energy Markets at the RAS Institute of Energy Research, predicts that Russia would prefer to stop supplying Ukraine with gas, especially considering that Ukrainian colleagues had gotten used to it at the end of 2014. Transit of gas to Europe will continue, he believes. Kulagin assured that Russia would not stop supplying Luhansk and Donetsk with gas. 

Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor-in-chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs, assumes that cutting the gas supply to Ukraine would be a blow for Russia, so Gazprom should seek a compromise. Ukraine, the expert supposes, could use the gas issue as a reason to demonize Russia.

Brussels started trilateral talks of Russia, Ukraine and the EU on gas supplies to Ukraine at 3.00pm. The talks were preceded by a meeting of the Russian delegation with Vice President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy Union, Maros Sefkovic and negotiated the summer gas supplies to Donbas. The problem had previously been raised in the format on October 31, 2014, when the conditions for winter gas supplies to Ukraine had been set, including the prepayment for gas until March 31, 2015.Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the summer gas supplies will not be discussed. In his words, Russia will supply Donbas only if Naftogaz expresses its refusal to supply them in a written form. He reminded that Russia was supplying Donbas with 12 million cubic meters of gas a day, according to the Gazprom-Naftogaz contract of 2009.Anna Kaisa Itkonen, spokeswoman of the European Commission for energy, stated that gas supplies to Donbas and Ukraine as a whole should be discussed separately.Dmitry Peskov, spokesman of the Russian president, told Vestnik Kavkaza that Russia could stop supplying Ukraine with gas if Kiev would not make prepayments.Vyacheslav Kulagin, the director of the Center for Studies of World Energy Markets at the RAS Institute of Energy Research, predicts that Russia would prefer to stop supplying Ukraine with gas, especially considering that Ukrainian colleagues had gotten used to it at the end of 2014. Transit of gas to Europe will continue, he believes. Kulagin assured that Russia would not stop supplying Luhansk and Donetsk with gas.Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor-in-chief of the Russia in Global Affairs Journal, assumes that cutting the gas supply to Ukraine would be a blow for Russia, so Gazprom should seek for a compromise. Ukraine, the expert supposes, could use the gas issue as a reason for demonization of Russ

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