Advance payments for Russian gas not on agenda for Ukraine

May 21, 2014

The issue of making an advance payment for Russian gas is not on the agenda, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on May 20 in an appeal to the heads of the European Commission and leaders of the European Union states, ITAR-TASS has said.

“Since the Russian side is not agreeing to settle the dispute on the price for natural gas, the issue of advance payment cannot be on the agenda of contract relations,” the press service quoted him as saying.

Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission have finally agreed to meet for gas talks in Berlin on May 26. The parties will be represented by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Ukraine’s parliament appointed Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Prodan and EU Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger.

Copyright: ITAR-TASS, 2014