May 21, 2014 / 9:40 AM / 3 years ago

EU tells Putin Russia is responsible for ensuring European gas supplies

MOSCOW, May 21 (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a letter on Wednesday that it is up to Gazprom to ensure gas is supplied to Europe in contracted volumes, the European Commission said.

Russia has said state-controlled exporter Gazprom will not supply transit nation Ukraine with gas for its own use in June if Kiev fails to pay in advance and has warned a cut-off could affect supplies to European consumer nations via Ukraine.

Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Thomas Grove

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