Russian Gas Supply Via Ukraine Drops; Balkans Halted
Russia has made good on its threats to reroute gas supplies around Ukraine after it accused the country of siphoning off gas. Deliveries to the Blakans have now been halted at the Romanian border as the energy supply dispute enters its sixth day.
OAO Gazprom cut gas shipments to Europe through Ukraine to 74 million cubic meters, compared with about 300 million normally, NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy spokesman Valentyn Zemlyanskyi said. Gazprom Deputy Chief Executive Officer Alexander Medvedev said in a Bloomberg Television interview that Ukraine shut three export pipelines and blamed “the unilateral action of the Ukrainians” for the shortfall.
Russia, which supplies a quarter of Europe’s gas, cut shipments to Ukraine on Jan. 1 in a repetition of a 2006 dispute which also interrupted supplies to Europe. Russian gas flows to Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Macedonia were halted at the Ukrainian-Romanian border, Bulgaria’s Energy and Economy Ministry said.