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Fuel, energy ministers from Russia, EU, Ukraine to meet Sept. 6

Energy talks between the fuel and energy ministers of Ukraine, Russia and the European Commission are scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko announced the talks after his working visit to Minsk, the Belarusian capital.

The ministers reached an agreement on holding the natural gas consultations in a trilateral format between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine, which include Russia’s Gazprom natural gas and Ukraine’s oil and gas company Naftogaz. 

According to the EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger, the agreement was reached in late August.

Oettinger discussed the resumption of these consultations with Russian energy minister Aleksandr Novak on Aug. 29 in Moscow. In the meeting, Novak labeled the gas situation as "critical" and expressed concern about gas supplies dwindling in the Ukraine during the upcoming winter months.

Both Russia and Ukraine have expressed plans to bring their cases to the Stockholm arbitration court.

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