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Russia Neigbours Need More & More Gas

Deliveries to Western Europe rose 7.3 percent to 40.6 billion cubic meters

Gazprom, the gas giant of Russia, said gas exports rose 11 percent in the first four months of this year as Germany, Turkey and former Soviet republics bought more fuel.

Exports rose to 60.54 billion cubic meters from 54.7 billion compared to the same period of 2004, Gazprom's export unit, Gazexport, said Monday in an e-mailed statement.

Deliveries to Western Europe rose 7.3 percent to 40.6 billion cubic meters. Exports to eastern Europe rose 2 percent to 15.5 billion cubic meters, Gazexport said. Sales to former Soviet states nearly tripled to 4.43 billion cubic meters, from 1.69 billion.