Saturday, June 23, 2018

Russian-EU summit to involve economic discussion

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said the Russian-European Union summit meeting in Yekaterinburg on June 3 and June 4 will involve discussion of economic topics, including the use of shale gas.

"The issue will be discussed in detail within the framework of the Russia-EU summit due in a span of several weeks in Yekaterinburg," Dvorkovich said, according to ITAR-TASS. "Issues of our cooperation with Europe in the gas and energy sectors will be in the focus of attention, and afterwards political signal will be given."

Dvorkovich said Europe has been demonstrating a tendency of rejecting nuclear energy following the accident at Fukushima's nuclear plant in Japan, which has lead to changes in Europe's energy balance.

"The role of gas will only grow," Dvorkovich said, ITAR-TASS reports. "And it looks highly improbable that it could be completely replaced by alternative energy sources."