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Gas flow from Ukraine not affected by crisis

'System could cope even if it were cut'

04 March, 15:21
Gas flow from Ukraine not affected by crisis (ANSA) - Brussels, March 4 - The flow of natural gas to Italy from Russia through Ukraine has not been affected by the crisis between the two countries, Industry Undersecretary Claudio De Vincenti said Tuesday. "There have been no interruptions," he said, adding that "the system is more than sufficient (to cope) if there were (cuts)".

Earlier Tuesday the CEO of Russian gas giant Gazprom, Alexiei Miller, said it would scrap in April the discount on natural gas it gave Ukraine in December. The move, which escalates the Russia-Ukraine crisis over Moscow's intervention in Crimea, raises the risks of Kiev defaulting on its international debt and turning to the IMF for a bailout.