Gazprom says gas still flowing “in full” through Ukraine

Russian state energy firm Gazprom today said gas exports from Russia to Europe through Ukraine are being “pumped in full”, reported Reuters. The comment comes after violent clashes between pro-Western […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Russian state energy firm Gazprom today said gas exports from Russia to Europe through Ukraine are being “pumped in full”, reported Reuters.

The comment comes after violent clashes between pro-Western Ukrainian protestors and government forces in the capital Kiev over the last few days.

This morning, Ukraine’s President Yanukovych announced a “peace deal” was on the way with the opposition. The nation’s health ministry said the death toll has risen to 77.

Before the violence escalated, earlier this month Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller met with Ukraine’s Acting Vice Prime Minister, Yury Boiko to discuss what is believed to be a $3.3bn (£2bn) unpaid gas bill, owed to Russia by the national energy firm Naftogaz Ukrainy.

Roughly half of the gas Russia supplies to Europe runs through Ukraine. In 2006 a dispute about the price Russia got for its gas saw it temporarily cut off the flow to its smaller neighbour.