The first Russian-Ukrainian energy talks were held in Berlin today at the invitation of Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier. European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak discussed in particular the future details of Russian gas transits through Ukraine following the expiry of the current supply contracts.

Minister Altmaier had advocated the holding of direct talks when he visited Kyiv and Moscow. The aim is a resilient long-term solution which is in the interest of both sides and in particular meets Ukraine’s security interests.

Both sides discussed their initial positions at the opening conference in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. A roadmap for further meetings is to be drawn up on this basis.

Said Minister Altmaier: “Today’s talks are of especial significance in the context of the ceasefire and peace process for Ukraine. The talks can lend a fresh boost to the overall peace process.”