Ukraine says Russian gas transit plunged more than 20% in January-October period

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Kiev, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The volume of Russian gas transported through Ukraine fell in October and has plunged 21.6% so far this year from the same period in 2020, according to Ukrainian data, at a time when that gas prices in Europe have risen due to supply shortages.

Ukraine accuses Russia of using energy as a weapon against Europe. Moscow denies this and has repeatedly said it is meeting its gas contractual obligations.

Gas volumes passing through Ukraine fell to 2.634 billion cubic meters in October from around 3 billion in September, Ukraine’s state gas transit operator said on Friday.

Volumes total 35.3 billion cubic meters during the first 10 months of 2021, compared to 45 billion in the same period in 2020.

“We are concerned about the reduction of Russian gas transit through the Ukrainian route: as of October 1, the pumping volumes were below the reserved capacity,” said Sergiy Makogon, head of the transmission system operator of gas from Ukraine.

Earlier this week, Makogon said that Gazprom had reduced its daily volume of gas transit through Ukraine for the fourth time this year, to 60 million cubic meters.

That’s much lower than the 109 million cubic meters stipulated in Ukraine’s five-year gas transit contract with Russia and about half of what Gazprom shipped at the same time last year.

Relations between Ukraine and Russia soured sharply after the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the outbreak of war in eastern Ukrainian. Moscow has also been developing other routes to transport gas to Europe.

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(Report by Pavel Polityuk. Edited in Spanish by Javier Leira)

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