Gas from Russia should continue to be piped through Ukraine to Europe if a new deal is brokered before the end of the year [File:Gleb Garanich/Reuters]

Trilateral talks about gas from Russia being piped to Europe through Ukraine were “constructive” and have taken steps in the right direction, European Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic said on Thursday.

“I believe that today we have taken steps in the right direction. In other words, there was convergence of the position on most of the issues we discussed,” Sefcovic told a news conference after a third round of trilateral talks in Brussels.

Officials are discussing a new long-term agreement on natural gas flows after the current deal expires in January. 

There was “a sense of urgency” at

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