BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – Maintaining the transit of Russian natural gas through Ukraine is a priority for the proposed European Energy Union, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said Tuesday.
"The EU believes it is in the interest of all parties that Ukraine remains an important transit country," Sefcovic told European lawmakers in a speech on the state of the energy union.
European Council President Donald Tusk first proposed the creation of an EU-wide energy union in April 2014. The union aims to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian gas supplies and broaden energy cooperation among EU member states.
The Council approved the creation of the European Energy Union in March 2015.