Gazprom says Ukraine blocked 3 key pipes to Europe

BERLIN Tue Jan 6, 2009 11:49am EST

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BERLIN Jan 6 (Reuters) - Ukraine blocked three key gas pipelines to Europe last night which means Russia's Gazprom (GAZP.MM) cannot deliver gas to European nations, the company's Deputy Chief Executive Alexander Medvedev said on Tuesday.

He also said Gazprom would try to use alternative delivery routes to avoid a crisis and he did not see Ukraine returning to the negotiating table for now.

He spoke to reporters after meeting German Economy Minister Michael Glos.

Russian gas supplies via Ukraine to south-eastern Europe and Turkey were halted on Tuesday and Austria and the Czech Republic reported sharp falls in supplies in a deepening row between Moscow and Kiev.

(Reporting by Dave Graham and Noah Barkin)

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