Gazprom says Ukraine starts taking transit gas

13:13, 05 March 2008
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However, Gazprom`s observers hadn`t registered lower exports to Europe so far

Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom said on Wednesday Ukraine had warned it is taking gas from the transit pipelines to Europe to compensate for lower supplies for its domestic needs, according to Reuters.

Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov told journalists the volumes Ukraine planned to take from transit pipelines on Wednesday amounted to 60 million cubic metres a day.

"This is the volume that European consumers won`t get," he said. He added that Gazprom`s observers hadn`t registered lower exports to Europe so far.

Ukraine is getting 70 million cubic metres of gas a day from Tuesday, 50 percent of usual levels, after Gazprom cut supplies in a debt dispute. Gazprom`s supplies to Europe had been running at around 360 mcm a day this week.

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