Trilateral talks involving Ukraine, the Russian Federation and the European Commission on transit shipments of Russian natural gas through Ukraine after 2019 are scheduled for October 28.

"Glad to host the next round of #TrilateralGasTalks with #Russia and #Ukraine on 28 Oct., building on the progress achieved earlier this month," EC Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said on Twitter on October 4.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, Brussels on September 19 hosted trilateral negotiations on gas transit via Ukraine.

Following that round of the gas transit talks, Šefčovič noted that it was positive and constructive, and he announced that the next round was scheduled for the end of October 2019.

The negotiations are centered around questions: how to reflect EU energy rules in a future framework agreement; the proper duration of the future contract; necessary volumes with possible variability; gas transit rates.

Russia's gas giant Gazprom in the course of negotiations on September 19 for the first time allowed the possibility of concluding a contract according to European rules from January 1, 2020, if they are fully implemented in Ukraine before the end of this year.