Russian officials reported later that some gas flow had been established using a back-up pipeline.
A ministry spokesman said the blast today destroyed a 30-meter section of the pipeline and stopped the flow of gas to Europe.
It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. No casualties have been reported.
(AFP, Reuters, Interfax)
An oil field in Russia's Republic of Bashkortostan (TASS file photo)
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