Ukrainian-Russian gas talks to be held in Moscow next week, Zurabov says
Representatives of Ukraine's oil and gas company Naftogaz will hold talks in Moscow next week on the new agreements in the gas sector, the basic approaches on which have already been found, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov told a press conference in Kyiv on Friday, according to RIA Novosti.
"Early next week, experts of Naftogaz and the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry will visit Moscow to continue negotiations. And we can expect the next round of negotiations at the level of deputy prime minister of Ukraine with Russian counterparts," he said. According to Zurabov, "we have no reason to believe that the issue of undischarged debt (to Gazprom) from the previous year, related to the fact that the Ukrainian side has not taken all gas formally contracted in the agreement, will have a negative impact on the progress towards the achievement of the new arrangements in the field of energy cooperation." The diplomat believes that Gazprom's $7 billion bill that the Russian gas giant issued to Gazprom last week, is "a signal to searching for a compromise" over the amount of gas purchased by Ukraine. "We say that it is a signal to searching for a compromise. Of course, today I can't definitely say what a compromise it would be. But a compromise must be found to ensure that in the future this kind of problem (importing an amount of gas contracted by Ukraine) did not happen," said Zurabov.