A new gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine appears to have been averted – at least for now.
Point of view
"I am reassured that the supply of gas to the EU markets remains secure"
At talks in Brussels the two countries have agreed to stick to a current supply deal, with more talks before the end of the month.
EU Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic told reporters:
“I am satisfied that we managed to safeguard the full application of the Winter Package for the supply needs in Ukraine.
“We also agreed to take up trilateral negotiations on the follow-up to the Winter Package.
“I am reassured that the supply of gas to the EU markets remains secure.”
The question over supplies to the rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine was also discussed.
The parties agreed to review the matter at a later date, to allow time to consider the complexities involved.