The European Union says it is ready to join a weekend summit between Russia and Ukraine to try to solve a dispute blocking European gas supplies.
EU spokesman Johannes Laitenberger said a high-level meeting between the two nations was long-overdue.
He said EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and Czech Energy Minister Martin Riman would join the talks in Moscow. The Czech Republic currently holds the EU presidency.
Gas supplies were cut off for a ninth day Thursday leaving several European nations with little or no gas for heating and power.
Laitenberger said the planned Russia-Ukraine talks should not be an excuse to further delay restarting the gas flow. He said the cutoff had gone on for too long.