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Gazprom Says It Will Restore European Gas Supplies


Russia's state-run natural gas company, Gazprom, says it is attempting to restore full gas supplies sent to Europe through Ukraine a day after it cut off gas sales to Ukraine.

In a telegram to the Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz, Gazprom says it will send more gas through the pipeline to compensate for what it says is Ukraine's theft of gas intended for European customers. Ukraine denies the charge.

Europe imports up to half of its natural from Russia, mostly through Ukraine.

The flow of gas has decreased since Sunday, when Russia cut off supplies to its neighbor. Russia wants to quadruple the price of gas sold to Ukraine. Kiev says any increase should be phased in, and accuses Moscow of applying political pressure.

France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Italy and Romania Monday reported decreases in gas supplies. Moldova said its gas supply had been all but cut off.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.