Russia wants to continue gas transit through Ukraine – energy ministry

Moscow wants to sign a new gas transit deal with Ukraine after 2019, when the current contract with the country expires, Russia’s deputy energy minister has said.

“We expect that, to some extent, we will be able to reach an agreement with Ukraine on the transit of gas… If this does not happen in May, it will probably happen in October,” Anatoly Yanovsky told reporters on Monday. The official added he has no doubt the agreement will be reached one way or another.

The next round of talks on the matter are to be held in May and another trilateral meeting between Russia, Ukraine, and the EU can be held in September-October 2019, according to Yanovsky.

The statement comes shortly after the CEO of Ukrainian state gas firm Naftogaz Andrey Kobolev claimed that Russian energy giant Gazprom began informing its partners of its plans to stop the transit starting 2020.

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