European Parliament president says gas supplies to Europe cut


Moscow, June 23 (Interfax) - European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek has said Russian gas supplies to Lithuania, eastern Germany, and Poland have been reduced.

'There is no security of Russian gas supplies. The volumes that are being supplied now are lower than we expected," Buzek said at a meeting with Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko.

Buzek claimed that Lithuania, eastern Germany, and Poland have been affected by the gas transit problems across Belarus.

Shmatko denied these allegations.

"I do not have such information. Supplies, including those to Poland, are continuing in full. I do not know that supplies have been cut in the past one or two days," he said.

Gazprom is committed to maintaining the uninterrupted transit of Russian gas to Europe and is working out special options to this end, he said.

"Gazprom has devised a number of transit plans, including thorough Ukraine and through the spot market," he said.

"But I do not have any information that European consumers are not receiving Russian gas," he said.


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