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EU agrees to Putin's call for gas security talks

By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union told Russian President Vladimir Putin it is willing to hold talks with Moscow and Kiev on gas security as the bloc scrambles to defuse a deep political crisis over Russia's annexation of Crimea. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, replying to a letter Putin sent last week to 18 EU countries, accepted Putin's proposal for three-way talks.

EU warns Russia of using gas supplies to Ukraine for political ends, urges stable supplies

BRUSSELS - The European Union is warning Russia that interfering with gas deliveries to Ukraine to apply political pressure would backfire by damaging its reputation as a reliable supplier for the EU. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a letter on behalf of the EU's 28 governments that Russia's "contractual reliability as a supplier of gas is at stake in this matter."

EU agrees to talks with Russia on Ukraine gas supply

The European Union said it had agreed Thursday to hold talks with Russia on its gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine, warning Moscow its reliability as an energy source was at stake. The EU "agrees on your proposal for consultations with the Russian Federation and Ukraine with regard to security of gas supply and transit," European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said in reply to an April 10 letter from President Vladimir Putin.

EU struggles to unpick the knot of Russia-Ukraine gas logistics

By Jan Lopatka and Christoph Steitz VELKE KAPUSANY, Slovakia/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Unprecedented talks across the European Union on Tuesday showed it scrambling for solutions on the ground to break its dependence on Russian gas and help supply Ukraine. The EU faces a daunting task in quickly overcoming a mountain of logistical challenges, avoiding breaking binding contracts and making sure Ukraine does pay up for gas.

Germany's RWE starts reverse-flow natural gas deliveries to Ukraine

BERLIN - German utility company RWE said Tuesday it has started sending natural gas to Ukraine, a move that could support the country if Russia acts on its threat to cut off supplies because of a massive debt for past deliveries. The reverse-flow deliveries from Germany via Poland are largely symbolic for the moment, but could be ramped up to provide about a fifth of the country's gas needs.

Germany's RWE to supply gas to crisis-hit Ukraine

RWE, Germany's second-biggest power supplier, said on Tuesday it will start gas deliveries to Ukraine as Russia threatens to cut off supplies to Kiev. "RWE -- via its trading subsidiary RWE Supply & Trading -- is the first European supplier to commence gas deliveries to the Ukraine in 2014," the German group said in a statement. The deliveries are part of an existing five-year framework agreement -- signed in May 2012 -- that allows RWE to ship up 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year to Ukraine, but the gas supplies must be agreed on annually.

RWE to supply natural gas to crisis-hit Ukraine

RWE, Germany's second-biggest power supplier, said on Tuesday it will start gas deliveries to Ukraine as Russia threatens to cut off the country's supplies. "RWE -- via its trading subsidiary RWE Supply & Trading -- is the first European supplier to commence gas deliveries to the Ukraine in 2014," the German group said in a statement. The deliveries are part of an existing five-year framework agreement -- signed in May 2012 -- that allows RWE to ship up 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year to Ukraine, but the gas supplies must be agreed on annually.

Energy efficiency a trump card for German tech exports

An often-ignored aspect of Germany's green energy transition is the one that has most helped its export industry; energy efficiency, the new hallmark of the country's high-tech sector. Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that if the "Energiewende" -- the ambitious switch from nuclear and carbon-based energy toward renewables -- goes as planned, "I am sure it will be another export hit".

Energy efficiency a trump card for German tech exports

An often-ignored aspect of Germany's green energy transition is the one that has most helped its export industry; energy efficiency, the new hallmark of the country's high-tech sector. Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that if the "Energiewende" -- the ambitious switch from nuclear and carbon-based energy toward renewables -- goes as planned, "I am sure it will be another export hit".

Ukraine suspends gas payments to Russia until talks conclude

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's state-run energy company Naftogaz has suspended gas payments to Russia until the conclusion of price talks, chief executive Andriy Kobolev was quoted as saying on Saturday. Russia, which last month angered Western powers by annexing Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, has raised the price it charges Kiev for gas and said it owes Moscow $2.2 billion in unpaid bills. It also says Kiev had failed to pay its bill on time.
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