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The European Union and Russia have confirmed their intention to hold in September trilateral talks on gas transit via Ukraine after January 1, 2020, according to Vice President of the European Commission, Maros Šefčovič.

"Good to have talked to Russia's Energy Minister Novak. We have agreed to hold the next TrilateralGasTalks this month," Sefcovic tweeted Thursday.

"The precise date to be announced soon, after consulting the Ukrainian side," reads the same tweet.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, on Sept 4 it became known that the new Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine, Oleksiy Orzhel, will head the Ukrainian delegation at the trilateral talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU on the extension of Russian gas transit via the territory of Ukraine.

UNIAN memo. Ukraine's existing transit contract with Russia's Gazprom was signed in 2009 for a 10-year term. After it expires on Jan 1, 2020, the Russian monopoly intends to minimize gas transit via Ukraine.

According to media reports, the next trilateral talks between Ukraine and the European Union and Russia on gas transit after 2019 may take place on Sept 16.