Following intense negotiations, Russian, Ukrainian representatives have reached an agreement in principle in Berlin on 19 December to continue the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory. The talks were held at the German Ministry of Economics and Energy with the support of Minister Peter Altmaier who helped broker the agreement in principle reached on 19 December.

“After this very intensive talks I’m glad to say we reached an agreement in principle on all key elements which I believe is very good and very positive news for Europe, for Russia, for Ukraine, for gas markets and for citizens in all countries,” Commission Vice President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight Maroš Šefčovič, who was previously the VP for Energy Union and been involved in several Russia-Ukraine gas talks, told a news conference in Berlin with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel.

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