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No immediate threat to gas flow, says EU

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No immediate threat to gas flow, says EU


The EU says there’s no immediate danger to European consumers gas supplies in the wake of a row between Russia and Ukraine. Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine at the start of the year after a dispute over debts and prices. Despite saying there’s no present threat to supplies, the EU lead by the Czech Republic is to hold emergency meetings between the two.

Radek Honzak, Czech EU Presidency spokesman said: ‘‘The EU and the member states have been able to compensate for any drops in supply through gas reserves, gas stocks and through other supply routes. But of course this is a serious problem and we need to find a solution immediately.’‘ Ukraine is a key transit route to the rest of Europe and Bulgaria, Greece and Croatia are the latest European countries known to have suffered a drop in supplies. Russian energy giant Gazprom has accused Kiev of siphoning off around one sixth of its total deliveries to the EU. But, Ukraine says the network is not working properly after Moscow deliberately cut off the gas pipeline.

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