Kremlin: new gas transit deal talks with Ukraine hinge on gas demand in Europe

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov holds a mobile phone before a news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

MOSCOW, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Talks on new gas transit deal with Ukraine depend on demand for the Russian gas in Europe and availability of buyers, Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman, told reporters on Tuesday.

The current transit deal expires after 2024.

Yuriy Vitrenko, head of Ukraine's state energy firm Naftogaz, told Reuters on Monday said it is possible there will be no gas supplies from Russia through the route beyond that date as there have been no discussions with Russia about extending the deal. read more

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