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Russia, EU, Ukraine to continue gas talks next week

Moscow, Oct 17 (IANS/TASS) Russia, the European Union (EU) and Ukraine will continue talks next week to settle the gas crisis, European Commission (EC) President Jose Manuel Barroso said Friday.

The announcement was made on the sidelines of the ongoing Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan.

The talks are scheduled to be held Oct 21 in Brussels.

An EC official said that Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan and EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, with the participation of Gazprom and Naftogaz, would be attending the meeting.

The leaders would work out a plan to supply gas to Ukraine and ensure stable Ukrainian transit to Europe next winter.

Ukraine and Russia have been embroiled in a stand-off on gas pricing for a few months.

In June, Russia cut all gas supplies to Ukraine as the two sides failed to reach an agreement on payments.

–IANS/TASS
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