Spokesperson responsible for communicating climate action and energy policy of the European Commission Anna-Kaisa Itkonen told Russian TASS news agency following the phone conversation between Novak and Šefčovič, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"Novak expressed Russia’s willingness to supply the natural gas to Europe through Ukraine without interruption after 2019," she said.
According to the spokesperson, Šefčovič stressed the need to maintain profitable level of gas transit through the Ukrainian route.
"He once again noted the necessity to find a solution according to Stockholm Arbitration and cooperate with both sides on both bilateral and trilateral basis. In this context, after the bilateral meeting of Gazprom and Naftohaz, there could be further contacts," Itkonen added.
On Feb. 28, 2018, Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal ruled that Naftohaz be paid $4.63 billion. Following two arbitration proceedings, Gazprom owes $2.56 billion.
Later on, Gazprom reversed Naftohaz Ukrainy the advanced payment it received for gas supplies in March. "Evidently, there will be no gas supplies to Naftohaz Ukrainy starting from March 1," Gazprom Deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said.
CEO of the Russian gas giant Alexey Miller said March 2 that Gazprom had to immediately start the procedure for the termination of gas contracts with Naftohaz Ukrainy at the Stockholm Arbitration Institution.
The European Commission called on Ukraine and Russia to find immediate solutions in line with the decisions of the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal.