#AceFinanceNews – BRUSSELS – April 23 – EU Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger offered Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal-mining Yuriy Prodan to participate in a first tripartite meeting on gas issue, a source in the European Commission told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.
Earlier, the press service confirmed the conceptual readiness of the European Commission to hold multilateral talks over the gas issue at the political level.
#AceFinanceNews – KIEV, March 21.- Ukrainian government will continue talks the EU on purchases of natural gas in European countries, interim acting prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk told reporters Friday at Kiev’s Boryspol airport upon return from Brussels where he signed the political chapter of an EU-Ukraine association agreement.
“We continue talks on getting gas from EU member-states,” said Yatsenyuk who believes for some reason that the price of gas from Europe will be $ 150 below the Russian one.
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#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS, MARCH 21.- The European Union has expanded the list of Russians banned from entering the EU countries from 21 to 33. The financial assets of the people from the ‘black list’ will be frozen if found in European banks.
The decision about imposing economic sanctions has not been made.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the names of the ‘blacklisted’ Russians will be made public after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. “We are imposing sanctions on more senior officials of the Russian government,” he noted.
The EU countries have also agreed to halt preparations for bilateral summits with Russia and cancelled the EU-Russia summit scheduled for June. Van Rompuy stressed that the EU insists on the de-escalation of the crisis in Ukraine and restoration of the country’s territorial integrity.
He added that in case of further Russian actions in Ukraine and lack of de-escalation efforts the EU will take other measures, including economic.
#AceFinanceNews – Brussels – March 19 – Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, spokesperson for the European Commission, said on Wednesday that the European Union had not passed a decision on economic sanctions against Russia.