The government of Slovakia has agreed to reverse gas supply to Ukraine, which should continue the strategy on energy independence from Russia by means of reverse gas supplies from Europe.
This was stated by the EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, after the European Council meeting at the level of ministries of energy from 28 member states, the UNIAN reported.
According to him, the Slovak government decided that reverse supplies can go from Slovakia to Ukraine.
He also said that the goal is not to give up on Russian gas altogether, but to make Russian gas cost as much as it should cost.
According to him, on March 19, there will be talks with Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan in Brussels.
"We can help Ukraine to become less dependent on Russia. Last year we provided reverse supply. Ukraine received gas from Poland and Germany. So, it is possible now too. The same applies to Hungary. And also Slovakia," – Oettinger said.
As reported, Ukraine ceased active negotiations with Slovakia in December after receiving discounts on Russian gas.
Before that it was planned that Ukraine could have received from Slovakia more than 10 billion cubic meters of gas, and supplies were scheduled to begin in the second half of this year.