'Business as usual' between Italy's Eni and Russia's Gazprom

Further EU sanctions imposed against Russians over Ukraine

(ANSA) - April 29 - An executive from Italian energy company Eni told analysts during a conference call Tuesday that it's "business as usual" with Russian oil and gas giant Gazprom.
    Eni and Gazprom are working on a number of deals together, including construction of the South Stream gas pipeline across several countries.
    The comments by Eni senior executive Vice-President Marco Alvera' came after the European Union widened sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine, following steps taken Monday by the United States.
    The EU added Russian Deputy Premier Dmitri Kozak to its list of people facing travel bans and asset freezes, while the US targeted seven people, including the head of oil giant OAO Rosneft as well as 17 companies linked to allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bloomberg news reported.
    Also on Tuesday, Gazprom said it delivered 25.3 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Italy in 2013, a 67% increase over the previous year when it delivered 15 billion cubic meters of gas.
   

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