July 17, 2018 / 3:20 PM / a month ago

Russia, Ukraine agree to continue gas transit talks: EU's Sefcovic

BERLIN (Reuters) - Ukraine and Russia have agreed to continue European Union-mediated talks on continuing to supply Europe with Russian gas via Ukrainian pipelines after the current contract expires at the end of 2019, a top European Commission official said.

FILE PHOTO: European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic addresses the media in Berlin, Germany, July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic, responsible for energy policy in the European Union’s executive arm, made the announcement after a three-way meeting in Berlin with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

“We need a constructive approach - the clock is ticking, and if we look at the calendar we see the end of 2019 is just round the corner,” Sefcovic told a news conference.

He said he hoped separate expert and political working groups would meet “every six to eight weeks” from September in order to lay the ground for a new gas transit contract.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin

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