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We’ll do everything to keep reputation of reliable supplier to Europe – Gazprom CEO

Published time: May 23, 2014 09:15
Edited time: May 23, 2014 12:58
Alexey Miller.(RIA Novosti / Grigory Sysoyev)

Alexey Miller.(RIA Novosti / Grigory Sysoyev)

Russia will try to do its utmost to keep gas supplies to its European partners stable, Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller told the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg.

Gazprom's export supplies to Europe in 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 reached record levels, Miller added.

“Russia has been the number one gas supplier to the European Union and will no doubt remain such. And the role of Russian gas supplies to the European market will be growing,” he said.

“Talking about Europe we are proud of having been and being a reliable supplier. And we’ll be doing everything to keep this reputation,” Miller said.

The announcement follows Wednesday's letter from European Commission President Jose Barroso, saying Gazprom should stick to its contractual obligations and provide steady gas supplies regardless of relations with Ukraine.

On May 12 Miller warned that if Kiev failed to pay its gas bill by June 2, exports to Ukraine would come to a halt the next day. Such a scenario naturally worries Brussels, as 50 percent of Europe’s gas supplies enter the continent via Ukraine from Russian supply lines.

Comments (4)

 

Matt 24.05.2014 02:29

@England_Observer

Europe only pays for the gas that reaches them, if some should disappear before it reaches them that's not Europe's concern. The bottom line, they only pay for the gas after the gas gets to them, so if some is lost along the way that's actually Russia's problem, not Europe's.

 

England_Observer 24.05.2014 02:14

Just supply the gas EU pays for, if Ukraine steals it that's between the EU and Ukraine. Simple.

 

Matt 23.05.2014 23:44

Wow, nobody commenting on this? I'll help get the ball rolling. I said weeks ago that even if Ukraine doesn't pay it's gas bill Russia wouldn't shut off supplies. Why? Letting Ukraine steal gas from it's pipeline is a small price to pay to keep the money flowing from Europe. It looks like Russia finally got the message from Europe. Providing Ukraine with free gas is the price to pay for Crimea.

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