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Gas reserves in European storages are low — Putin

The President noted that the gas price remained above $1,000 per 1,000 cubic meters

NOVO-OGAREVO, October 27. /TASS/. The level of gas reserves in European underground gas storages is much lower than the average figure for the last five years, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

"Prices of the so-called spot - short-term - contracts are still above $1,000 per 1,000 cubic meters. The level of gas reserves in European underground storages is much lower than the average figure for the last five years," Putin said.

Reasons of such situation have been repeatedly stated earlier, including the decline of gas production in Europe and reduction of liquefied natural gas supplies to European markets, the President pointed out.

Vladimir Putin also stressed that Russian gas holding Gazprom was performing long-term supply agreements with European countries in full scope.

"The situation in Europe clearly shows how sustainable and reliable cooperation in the energy sphere is important. Gazprom fully honors long-term agreements with European countries," the head of state said.

The President tasked Gazprom to increase deliveries to company’s storages in Europe after completion of gas injection to domestic underground storages. "This will provide the opportunity to perform contractual commitments [of Gazprom] reliably, sustainably and smoothly, supply gas to European partners with gas in the winter season and, above all, this will definitely create more favorable situation in the European energy market on the whole," he added.

Risks for Russia

Vladimir Putin noted that the strained situation on European energy markets also carries certain risks for Russia.

"The tense situation on international markets also bears certain risks for our country in the environment of the modern global economy, taking into account traditionally close ties between Russia and European countries," the head of state said in an opening statement at the meeting on Yamal gas fields’ resource potential development.

The Russian president said he had already tasked the government to develop a special package of measures to mitigate adverse consequences for Russia from energy deficit in Europe.