Trilateral talks with Russia and Ukraine over a post-2019 long-term gas transit agreement

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Reports and analysis of the negotiations launched by the European Union with Russia and Ukraine to guarantee a long-term agreement over the transit of gas post-2019.

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The talks were launched by the European Commission in 2018 to make sure a long-lasting deal would guarantee continuous gas supply from Russia into Europe after the end of existing contract in 2019. The first round of negotiations was held in July 2018 and a second round in January 2019. Key areas of the discussions included the following:

  • The legal framework for a future transit contract;
  • Unbundling of the transmissions system operator in Ukraine;
  • The European Union's future gas demands.

The security of gas supply for the Winter 2018-19 was also discussed at the meetings. The rounds of negotiations were also attended by executives from Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz.

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Commentary and Analysis
OSW: Commentary, 25/01/2019: A ‘last-minute’ transit contract? Russia-Ukraine-EU gas talks https://www.osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/osw-commentary/2019-01-25/a-last-minute-transit-contract-russia-ukraine-eu-gas-talks

News
Reuters, 23/05/2018: EU's energy chief says 'time has come' for new Russia, Ukraine gas talks https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1IO10A
TASS, 23/05/2018: EC vice-president invites Russia and Ukraine for trilateral gas talks http://tass.com/economy/1005688
Deutsche Welle, 17/07/2018: EU 'positive' on Russia-Ukraine gas talks https://p.dw.com/p/31chF
Sputnik International, 25/12/2018: Russia Guarantees Gas Deliveries to EU in Absence of Transit Agreement With Kiev https://sptnkne.ws/ktQr
Irish Times, 21/01/2019: EU urges Moscow-Kiev transit deal as Russian plans fuel tension https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/eu-urges-moscow-kiev-transit-deal-as-russian-plans-fuel-tension-1.3765794
Reuters, 21/01/2019: Russia, Ukraine to hold further gas talks in May https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKL8N1ZL4MV
TASS, 21/01/2019: Energy chief comments on Russia-Ukraine gas settlement http://tass.com/economy/1041042
EurActiv, 22/01/2019: Russia plays for time in EU-mediated Ukraine gas transit talks https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/news/russia-plays-for-time-in-eu-mediated-ukraine-gas-transit-talks/

Official
European Commission: Statement by Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič following the trilateral talks with Russia and Ukraine on the future of gas transit via Ukraine, 21 January 2019 http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-19-562_en.htm

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