Merkel and Putin discuss gas transit by Ukraine

The heads of state called on the day of the trilateral meeting on gas in Brussels to exchange views on the future of transit.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a telephone conversation on Monday, October 28, during which they discussed the continuation of Russian gas transit to the EU through Ukraine after 2019. This was reported by the kremlin’s press service
In connection with the next round of trilateral ministerial consultations in Brussels today, Russia-EU-Ukraine held an exchange of views on the continuation of the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to Europe after the expiration at the end 2019, the term of the relevant contract,” – said in a statement.

In addition, Putin discussed with Merkel the agreements reached his meeting with Turkish President Recep Erdogan on the Syrian settlement.

“By mutual assessment, the implementation of the provisions of the memorandum adopted by Russia and Turkey will serve to stabilize the situation in north-eastern Syria, as well as to advance the inter-Syrian political process, including in the context of the start of the Constitutional Committee, scheduled for October 30 in Geneva,” the Kremlin added.

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On the eve of the gas talks, Naftogaz’s Executive Director Yuriy Vitrenko said that Russia is demanding concessions for the contract, which Ukraine cannot make.

It should be noted that last week Gazprom said that the extension of the contract for gas transit with Ukraine will be the only way if Kyiv does not create an independent operator of GTS.

In response, Naftogaz promised on November 1 to send to Gazprom claims worth more than $11 billion, which could be compensation for stopping gas transit.