Novak plans to meet with Sefcovic in Astana within EXPO-2017

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Nitroscanate in fotomancer of energy of Russia Alexander Novak. Archival photoNovak plans to meet with Sefcovic in Astana within EXPO-2017© RIA Novosti / Alexander Nitroscanate the image Bank

Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak plans to meet with the Vice-President of the European Commission on energy Union maroš Šefčovič in June in Astana within EXPO-2017; ready to discuss gas supplies to Ukraine if the EC will raise the issue, said Novak in an interview with RIA Novosti.

«We will be meeting with Mr. Šefčovič in Astana in June at EXPO… He’s always on the agenda, this question (of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine — ed.) it’s mainly initiated by Ukrainians or by the EC. So if the question will rise, we are ready to discuss, but today we have a contract, and the contract is ready «Gazprom» to supply as much gas as will be prepaid,» said Novak.

He noted that Ukraine has proposed the energy Ministry to hold consultations on deliveries of Russian gas. «At least, in our Ministry not addressed. Maybe on the level of contacts between «Gazprom»and «Naftogaz» are being discussed,» the Minister said.

Ukraine stopped buying gas from Russia in November 2015 and in 2016 for the first time did not use Russian gas in preparation for the heating season by pumping into storage gas purchased on the reverse in Europe. As a result, the country began the heating season with gas reserves of 14.7 billion cubic meters, which is about 2 billion cubic meters less than in the previous two years.Novak plans to meet with Sefcovic in Astana within EXPO-2017© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotolanciay conflict