Russia Says Gas Talks With EU and Ukraine to Be Held Sept. 26

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Director for Energy Markets at the European Commission Klaus-Dieter Borchardt open the Vojany-Uzhhorod pipeline during an official launch ceremony at a compressor station on Slovakia-Ukraine border in Velke Kapusany September 2, 2014.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Russia, Ukraine and the European Union had preliminarily agreed to hold new talks on resolving a gas-pricing dispute between Russia and Ukraine on Sept. 26, Russian news agencies reported on Friday.

"We are preliminarily discussing three-party talks for Sept. 26," Novak told journalists in Sochi, TASS news agency reported. Novak said Russia, Ukraine and the European Union were happy with the date, according to Interfax.

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