Trilateral consultations on gas issue started in Brussels

21 October 2014 16:02
(QHA) -

Officials from Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union are meeting in Brussels today to try to resolve a gas dispute between their two countries.

The meeting between Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak and his Ukrainian counterpart, Yuri Prodan, is being brokered by European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

Russia raised the price it charges Kyiv for natural gas after Ukraine's pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February, then halted gas supplies to Ukraine in June when Kyiv failed to pay the higher price.

Talks in Milan last week between the Russian and Ukrainian presidents -- Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko respectively -- apparently made some progress.

Poroshenko said a preliminary agreement had been reached on a price of $385 per 1,000 cubic meters until the end of March -- $100 less than Russia had originally demanded.