“Judging by the atmosphere that was observed today, I would say yes ... All countries have a desire to reach an agreement,” TASS quoted him as saying.

According to the politician, so far Italy is not satisfied with the current proposal.

He also noted that Rome could probably "do without setting a price cap" if clear criteria are set to avoid speculation and rising energy prices.

Earlier, Bloomberg reported that the European Union proposed a 45-day transition period after the announcement of a ceiling on Russian oil prices on December 5.

Piketto-Fratin said 15 countries in the European Union are critical of the European Commission's proposal to set a ceiling on natural gas prices.