Ukraine-Russia gas talks expected on December 19: EU's Sefcovic

FILE PHOTO: Vice President of the European Commission for the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The next round of three-way gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine to agree on a gas deal is expected to take place on Thursday, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said on Tuesday.

Writing on Twitter, Sefcovic said he was looking forward to the talks, adding that “the time is high to send a positive message to markets and consumers.”

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova and Maria Grabar; Writing Alexander Marrow; editing by Louise Heavens