Ukrainian Politics, Economics

 Kyiv and Moscow initialed "winter package" gas agreement, - European Commission

The European Commission states that the governments of Ukraine and Russia should resolve the issue of signing the contract on gas supplies to Ukraine in winter.

European Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said in Brussels today answering the question on progress of signing the document after it was initialed, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

However, she also referred to the statement of French President Francois Hollande during a press conference Oct. 2 after the conclusion of the negotiations with participation of France Germany, Ukraine, and Russia.

"President Hollande said that we had discussed the gas agreement. It was guaranteed that the agreement would be signed and then fulfilled. We have actually nothing to add. They (the Ukrainian and Russian sides) have not signed the contract, they have it initialed. The Governments are still to continue the necessary process," Itkonen said.

Commenting on the statement of the Russian side that there was no need for the official signing, if Ukraine would pay, the spokeswoman noted that it was an issue of relations between the two companies and was a separate topic.

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It was reported earlier that energy minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn and Russia's Alexander Novak as well as vice-president of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič agreed on the conditions of the winter gas package Sept. 26. The document was initialed but its signing and approval required separate procedures.

Head of Naftogaz Andrii Kobolev said Sept. 30 that Ukraine had agreed all the necessary procedures for the signing of the protocol on the organization of the supply of gas from Russia to Ukraine within the "winter package".

At the same time, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak stated Oct. 3 that the formal signing of the "winter package" contract is no longer necessary as the agreement had been reached and the payment for gas by Naftogaz was only needed to start deliveries.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n354884