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Naftogaz finds Ukrainian energy ministers no show at Berlin gas talks logical

July 18/ 13:28

Kiev. Kiev’s decision to delegate Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin to the trilateral gas talks in Berlin rather than the country’s Minister of Coal and Energy Igor Nasalik, was greenlighted by the government and connected to the allocation of responsibilities pursuant to the EU Association Agreement. Naftogaz of Ukraine’s Director of Business Development Yuri Vitrenko told on Wednesday.

"That was a decision by the cabinet of ministers. But it was logical, particularly considering the fact that the Foreign Ministry is involved in the issues on the Association Agreement (with the EU)", he said when asked about the reason for Nasalik’s absence.

Vitrenko see no revisions on the horizon prior to this autumn’s upcoming talks. "Nothing is going to change until that time", he stressed.

On Tuesday, representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the European Union (EU) convened in Germany’s capital of Berlin for a meeting to discuss the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory, informs TASS.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, European Commission’s (EC) Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin participated in the talks. Gazprom and Naftogaz CEOs, Alexei Miller and Andrei Kobolev, also attended the gas summit.

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