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EU warns of winter gas shortages after Ukraine talks fail

Published on Jun 16, 2014 7:18 PM
 
Outdoor reservoirs and pipelines at the Bilche-Volytsko-Uherske underground gas storage facility, the largest in Europe, in the Lviv region of western on May 21, 2014. EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger warned on Monday, June 16, 2014 that the bloc may face gas shortages this winter after Russia cut supplies to Ukraine following the collapse of talks. -- PHOTO: AFP

VIENNA (AFP) - EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger warned on Monday that the bloc may face gas shortages this winter after Russia cut supplies to Ukraine following the collapse of talks.

"The next weeks will not be a problem, we will receive our gas volumes," Oettinger said in Vienna, cautioning that if Ukraine uses its reserves "then we would have a problem with a cold winter".

Ukraine, like other countries, holds gas stockpiles it can tap to ensure gas continues to flow to Gazprom customers in the EU even if there are problems with supplies from Russia.

But Ukraine could, as it has during previous disputes, also tap these reserves and use the gas for its own needs, potentially threatening supplies to the EU.

 
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