The European Union fully supports Ukraine as a stable and reliable transit route and will do its utmost to ensure that Ukraine remains an important transit route also after 2020, a EU energy spokeswoman told New Europe on 30 August.

“Ukraine has been a reliable transit country and the EU considers the Ukrainian transit route a strategic one for our energy security,” she said.

EU Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič met with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts on 21 January in Brussels. “At the end of this meeting the Vice-President tabled a proposal for both parties to reflect upon,” the spokeswoman said, noting that it covers three main parameters of a future transit agreement, namely duration; volumes; and tariffs. But it also covers other important parameters, such as investment and maintenance of the gas system; legal requirements; and technical requirements.


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