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EU says commissioner to attend Russia, Ukraine gas talks in Kiev

Published on Jun 14, 2014 10:16 PM
 
EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger addresses a press conference following talks on energy security in Berlin, on May 30, 2014. The EU Energy Commissioner will hold another round of talks with Russia and Ukraine in Kiev on Saturday to try and resolve a bitter dispute over gas supplies. -- PHOTO: AFP 

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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