Bratislava/Velke Kapusany - Slovak and Ukrainian government officials failed to agree on launch of reverse supplies of natural gas from Slovakia to Ukraine at a meeting today, Slovak Ministry of Economy spokesman Stanislav Jurikovic confirmed to CTK.
The talks on signing a memorandum of understanding on the reverse gas shipments will continue.
Gas supplies via Slovak territory would reduce Kiev´s energy dependence on Russia.
The two sides did not arrive at an agreement over a different viewing of technical aspects of the reverse gas flow, said Jurikovic.
According to him, Slovakia is pushing for deliveries through a gas pipeline from the Slovak town of Vojany to Uzhorod in Ukraine, while Ukraine prefers a transit gas pipeline which carries Russian gas through Slovakia to Western Europe.
The German energy group RWE today announced the renewal of gas shipments to Ukraine. Gas is delivered to Ukraine via Polish territory under a five-year framework contract, which was signed by RWE´s unit and Ukraine´s Naftogaz in 2012. Up to ten billion cubic metres of gas are supplied to Ukraine a year under the contract.