Trilateral gas consultations on Sept 19 unlikely to yield results, says Kremlin

TASS Russian News Agency | Sep 18, 2019 at 12:34 PM

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov does not expect particular agreements to be reached during the upcoming trilateral gas consultations between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union (EU).

"Will any agreements be reached or not? I do not expect any particular agreements following that meeting. Obviously much hard work remains to be done there," he told reporters on Wednesday.

According to Peskov, the question on the upcoming consultations in Brussels on September 19 should be addressed to Russia's Energy Ministry. "That is an issue of economic viability, which is why relevant ministries will negotiate," he said.

Heads of Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz, Aleksei Miller and Andrei Kobolev, will participate in trilateral consultations on the gas issue in the Russia-EU-Ukraine format to be held on September 19 in Brussels. European Commission's Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic will hold bilateral meetings with Russian and Ukrainian delegations prior to trilateral gas consultations. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak will present Moscow, while Kiev will be presented by Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine Aleksey Orzhel. Consultations will focus on the issue of reflecting the EU's energy norms in the future framework agreement. The parties will also discuss life of the future agreement, as well as required volumes and tariffs.