* Gas supplies to Ukraine cut off on June 16
* European Commission has yet to announce date for talks
(Adds Commission comment, context)
MOSCOW Aug 1 Officials from Russia, Ukraine and
the European Union will discuss gas supplies on Sept. 12, the
Interfax news agency quoted Russia's EU envoy, Vladimir Chizhov,
as saying on Friday, but EU authorities said they knew nothing
about the meeting.
Chizhov was quoted as saying Russia had already made its
suggestions known to Brussels for solving a standoff between
Russia and Ukraine over gas prices.
A European Commission official said: "We don't know about
European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger has brokered
a series of talks involving Russia and Ukraine over how much
Kiev should pay Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom
for its gas.
The dispute led Moscow on June 16 to halt supplies to
Ukraine, which depends on Russia for more than half of its gas
needs. Ukraine is also the transit route for up to half of the
gas Russia supplies to the European Union, raising the threat of
knock-on disruption of supplies.
Oettinger held bilateral talks with Ukraine on the issue in
July, but an expected meeting with Russia's energy minister was
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper in Moscow and Barbara Lewis in
Brussels; editing by Lidia Kelly and Jason Neely)