EU says commissioner to attend Russia, Ukraine gas talks in Kiev
Published on Jun 14, 2014 10:16 PM
BRUSSELS (AFP) - EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger will hold another round of talks with Russia and Ukraine in Kiev on Saturday to try and resolve a bitter dispute over gas supplies.
"The aim is to continue the discussions on issues related to gas supplies from Russia to Ukraine with the objective of finding a solution that secures stable deliveries," a European Commission statement said.
The last round of EU-brokered gas talks broke up Wednesday without a deal, prompting concerns that Russian giant Gazprom would make good on its Monday deadline to cut supplies unless Kiev paid outstanding bills and accepted a new payment framework.
Ukraine Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan told AFP earlier Saturday that Russia had "given its preliminary agreement to attend" the talks.
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