Hungary's foreign minister said he met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New York and discussed gas shipments and construction of the Paks nuclear plant being built by Russia's Rosatom.
Nuclear energy production is "unlikely" to be part of the next package of EU sanctions against the Kremlin for its invasion of Ukraine, while work on an oil-price cap is continuing, according to several diplomats briefed on the discussions.
EU officials have indicated their intention to seek a price cap on Russian gas alongside other measures to curb negative fallout from Russia's war on Ukraine, despite criticism of such a move from inside the EU's Czech presidency and a Russian threat to halt supplies.
Russia set out just how much its gas flows to the global market will fall in the next three years. The numbers underscore the scale of the challenge facing Europe’s energy consumers.
Russia, which had supplied about 40% of the European Union's gas before its February invasion of Ukraine, has said it closed Nord Stream 1 because Western sanctions hindered operations. European politicians say that is a pretext and accuse Moscow of using energy as a weapon.
Germany is pushing to secure liquefied natural gas contracts with Gulf producers to conserve energy, with Russian flows running at severely reduced levels as winter approaches.