Ukraine-Slovakia gas talks continue - minister

April 17, 2014

Ukraine can initially receive up to 3 billion cubic meters of European gas via Slovakia, Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Prodan said, ITAR-TASS has reported. Ukraine held talks with the European Union on this issue on April 15, Prodan said on April 16.

“There are some positive signs because the European Commission has started studying our suggestions regarding reverse gas supplies and their increase. This will not require serious technical steps,” he said.

The European Commission will study Kiev’s proposals within a week. In the meantime, Slovakia “should prepare necessary legal documents”, Prodan said.

He could not say when a memorandum on reverse gas supplies would be signed. “We expect the European Commission to consider our proposals. Then we’ll make the decision,” Prodan said.

The memorandum drafted by Slovakia implies that supplies will begin as soon as the necessary technical conditions are created. Slovakia is prepared to supply up to 8 million cubic metres of gas per day and about 3 billion cubic metres per year, Prodan said.

Reverse supplies can begin from November 1, 2014, he added. “They (Slovakia) later suggested increasing gas supplies up to 20 million cubic metres per day,” Prodan said.

Copyright: ITAR-TASS, 2014