EU energy chief to meet with Russia, Ukraine over gas deal

The European Union's energy chief is optimistic but wary that a gas deal between Ukraine and Russia will come out of new talks.

EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger is scheduled to meet with Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers next week as well as gas company executives in Brussels, The Associated Press reports.

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The talks are meant to broker a deal over Ukraine's unpaid gas bills and the price charged by Russia.

Last time a deal was attempted to secure natural gas supplies for Ukraine and Europe, who are facing a harsh winter, talks failed over the contentious issue of the ongoing gas price.