On Monday, October 20, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk met with Vice-President of the
European Commission Günter Oettinger, who arrived in Kyiv in
the framework of the preparation for tomorrow's trilateral talks with
Russia, which will take place in Brussels.
Following the meeting had agreed on a joint
position on ensuring the interests of Ukrainian and
European consumers of natural gas from the Russian Federation.
The parties have agreed that
the talks should result in an interim agreement
for the winter, which will
ensure gas supplies to Ukraine as
well as the stability of gas transit to
the EU countries. This agreement should embody clear guarantees regarding
the supply of agreed volumes of gas to Ukraine as
well as guarantees of payment for delivered
The joint position of Ukraine and the European
Commission foresees the need for consolidating the
agreements with Russia in the form of a
document that is signed between Naftogaz Ukrainy and Gazprom. This document
will be binding on all parties and exclude the
possibility of unilateral changes.