Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that appointed tripartite gas talks in the format "EU-Ukraine-Russia" are scheduled for March 20, reports Joinfo.ua.
"On March 20 we have tripartite talks on natural gas supplies (from Russia) to Ukraine," Yatsenyuk said.
According to Russian media, the European Commission sent invitation letters to Energy Ministers Alexander Novak (Russia) and Volodymyr Demchyshyn (Ukraine) regarding holding talks on gas supplies to Ukraine and its transit to the EU in the spring and summer time.
Last fall, Ukraine, Russia, and the EU signed a so-called "winter package" on the terms of the natural gas export to Ukraine for the winter period until April of this year.
Since last year, the Ukrainian party has bought gas from Russia on the basis of pre-payment.
It should be recalled that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov made a decision to reanimate the project of the Nabucco gas pipeline, through which natural gas will go to Europe. The Nabucco project, which was considered an alternative to the Russian South Stream, was officially canceled by the European Commission in 2013. Europe has tried to realize this project for many years, despite the strong obstruction of Russia proving Nabucco"s unprofitability. According to Russia, there is no gas field able to provide the project with gas. Azerbaijan was focusing on two other projects to sell its gas to Europe. TANAP and TAP projects are cheaper than Nabucco, but they are more risky politically.