Ukrainian Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn addresses the media during a briefing in Kiev April 1, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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The EU urged Ukraine Wednesday to accept Russia's offer to extend the current gas deal with Kiev by another three months, saying it bodes well for an agreement for next winter.The European Union receives about a third of its gas from Russia, with half that amount transiting via Ukraine pipelines.EU officials say Russian gas imports are needed to replenish reserves to the level of 20 billion cubic meters, the quantity necessary to secure both supplies for Ukraine and the transit of gas to EU countries through next winter.
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