European Commission spokesman Amadeu Altafaj Tardio said "there is no crisis" yet, and that certain EU member states have more than enough gas stocks to deal with any disruption.
Belarus has threatened to deny Gazprom access to Belarus pipelines for deliveries to Western Europe if Gazprom cuts supplies to Belarus for failing to accept a steep increase in prices from January 1.
(compiled from agency reports)
An oil field in Russia's Republic of Bashkortostan (TASS file photo)
ENERGY SECURITY is increasingly moving to the top of the EU's agenda in its dealings the outside world. A recent report identifies the European Union's main energy objectives as not just securing gas and oil deliveries from Russia, but also ensuring that it has reliable alternative sources, including in Central Asia. Nonetheless, EU officials say relations with Russia take center-stage in their thinking....(more)