The Binding Protocol was initialled on 25 September 2015 in Brussels by the Ministers of Energy of the Russian Federation, Ukraine and myself. I welcome the fact that the Heads of State of Ukraine and the Russian Federation reconfirmed the terms and conditions of the Binding Protocol in the framework of the Paris Normandy Four meeting last week.
Today, in view of this endorsement, I have called on the Ministers of Energy of the Russian Federation and Ukraine to start implementing the agreement without delay. This becomes even more urgent due to the approaching heating season and the need to further increase the Ukrainian underground storages before the end of October. The immediate implementation of the agreement is necessary to secure gas deliveries to the Ukrainian consumers as well as safe transit to the EU.