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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Said Gazprom Considers Alternative Gas Transit Routes

15 January 2009 , 12:36Ksenia Kochneva517
Sechin said Gazprom's losses sustained over Ukraine's refusal to transit Russian gas to Europe had reached $1.2 billion.

He said Russia is considering alternative routes for gas supplies to Europe, including from West Siberia.

At the same time, the Russian PM Vladimir Putin said that Ukraine had taken European gas consumers hostage by refusing to transit gas through the country. He also urged the European Commission to put more pressure on Kiev to ensure gas transits to Europe via Ukraine.

"European Commission members could put more pressure on the transit country to secure the interest of EU members," Putin said.

Putin also said Russia was ready to consider other scenarios to resume gas flows to Europe.

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