* Russia-EU summit not expected to deliver concrete results
* Visa issue also hampering progress
(Adds Energy Minister Alexander Novak, background on Nord
By Alexei Anishchuk
BRUSSELS, Dec 21 Russian President Vladimir
Putin on Friday condemned European Union energy legislation as
"uncivilised", particularly the retroactive application of new
Russia is the European Union's biggest natural gas supplier,
and in turn the European Union is Russia's biggest customer, but
relations between the two are frosty.
An EU antitrust case against Russian gas export monopoly
Gazprom as well as EU attempts to diversify its energy
suppliers away from Russia and legislation to encourage
competition have particularly angered Moscow.
Putin was particularly critical of the Third Energy Package
of EU legislation to create a single energy market and prevent
those that dominate supply, such as Gazprom, from also
dominating distribution networks.
"Of course the EU has the right to take any decisions, but
as I have mentioned ... we are stunned by the fact that this
decision is given retroactive force," Putin told reporters on
the sidelines of a Russia-EU summit in Brussels.
"It is an absolutely uncivilised decision."
To try to settle their differences, Russia and the European
Union hold regular dialogue and on Friday held the 30th summit
between the two powers.
It delivered no concrete progress, although Energy Minister
Alexander Novak said Russia had presented the European
Commission with new proposals on the legal status of its gas
Novak said Gazprom is seeking full access for half
a year to Germany's Opal pipeline, which is plugged into its
Nord Stream undersea export pipeline.
The access would allow Gazprom to increase supplies to
Germany and beyond via Nord Stream, which was built under the
Baltic Sea to bypass transit countries such as Ukraine, with
which Russia has had pricing disputes.
EU restrictions have prevented Gazprom from substantially
increasing gas supplies via Nord Stream. Sources at the Russian
company said it has been shipping just over 20 percent of the
pipeline's capacity of 55 billion cubic metres a year.
Russia has also been seeking an exemption from EU
regulations for its planned South Stream pipeline, designed to
start carrying gas under the Black Sea in 2015.
(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Writing by Barbara Lewis;
Editing by Charlie Dunmore and Jane Baird)