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Novak made the comments on Russian Rossiya-24 TV after another round of talks ended in Brussels, Reuters said.

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The current gas transit agreement between Moscow and Kyiv expires after December 31. The bulk of Russian gas sent to Europe flows via Ukraine.

There are a number of obstacles to a new deal, such as a political row between Kyiv and Moscow, the war in eastern Ukraine, and litigation between Russian gas supplier Gazprom and Ukraine energy company Naftogaz.