Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak says there is no reason to change terms for gas deliveries to Ukraine after March when the current EU-brokered deal expires.
Maros Sefcovic, the European Union's energy commissioner who met with Novak in Moscow on January 14, said the EU was ready to continue as an "honest broker" in gas talks between Russia and Ukraine, RFE/RL.
Ukraine, Russia, and the EU on October 30 signed a "winter package" deal designed to ensure Ukraine makes some payments for Russian gas deliveries and that Russia continues to supply gas through the winter.
Under that deal, Russia lowered Ukraine's gas price by $100 to $378 per 1,000 cubic meters through 2014 and to $365 for the first quarter of 2015.
Oettinger said last October that after March, Kyiv will have access to Russian gas deliveries in exchange for pre-payment.