Russian gas cutoff ends as supplies reach Slovakia

14:34, 20 January 2009
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Slovakia says it is receiving Russian natural gas through Ukraine again after a nearly two-week cutoff in supplies, according to AP.

Economics Minister Lubomir Jahnatek says the Velke Kapusany station on the border with Ukraine "was just opened" on Tuesday.

Slovakia has been among the hardest hit by the Jan. 7 cutoff of Russian gas shipments via Ukrainian pipelines. The cutoff left many European countries scrambling for alternative energy sources as factories shut down and millions of people shivered in unheated homes.

Prime Minister Robert Fico said the gas cutoff cost Slovakia`s economy euro100 million ($132 million) a day.

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