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The EU Called On Russia and Belarus Solve Their Gas Problem

29 December 2006 , 09:16474
The EU Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs called on Russia and Belarus to solve the problem over gas supply.

"The Commission is following the situation very closely since it may affect gas supplies to the European Union. I call the two parts to reach as soon as possible a satisfactory agreement that do not put in question gas transits to the EU," he said in a statement.

Russian energy giant Gazprom has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Belarus if it refuses to accept an increase in gas prices from January 1.

Belarus said that if gas supplies were cut, it would deny Gazprom access to its pipelines, move that could hurt supplies to some European countries.

Piebalgs said he will call the EU Gas Coordination Group to meet on 4th January in Brussels to evaluate the situation.

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