Ukraine and Russia are considering inviting the European Commission to take part in bilateral gas talks, Ukraine’s energy minister Yury Boyko said on Wednesday.

“Russia shows understanding on the issue. Constructive talks to invite European partners are underway,” the minister said, RIA Novosti reported.

He said Kiev had invited European Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger to the talks two weeks ago.

The European Commission’s press service said on Tuesday EU representatives are ready to take part in the gas talks between Kiev and Moscow.

As reported, Ukraine stands for creation of a three-partied joint venture with participation of Russia and the EU to operate the Ukrainian gas transportation system, a core transit route for Russian natural gas supplies to Europe.

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