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EU Energy Chief Plans Gas Talks in Russia, Ukraine Next Month

  • European Commission’s Sefcovic to discuss natural gas supplies
  • Sefcovic aims to gauge interest for trilateral negotiations

European Union’s energy chief Maros Sefcovic will hold talks in Russia and Ukraine next month, testing the political appetite of the two countries for EU-brokered negotiations that could fend off the risk of a gas supply disruption in the coming winter.

As tensions heat up between the two former Soviet allies over the transit of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine, Sefcovic will travel to Kiev on Sept. 2 and to Moscow on Sept. 11-12, according to the European Commission. In the past two years, the EU mediation has helped divert threats to smooth supplies of Russian fuel to Europe.