Oil and Gas

Gazprom offers Slovakia gas swap to ease crisis

MOSCOW, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Russia could supply some gas for Ukraine’s domestic needs if Kiev agrees to send equivalent volumes to Slovakia, Gazprom’s chief executive Alexei Miller told reporters on Wednesday.

“We have agreed with proposals by the Slovak premier (Robert Fico) to proceed with swap operations. The gas can be delivered for Ukraine’s domestic needs in the same amount that Slovakia needs -- around 20 million cubic metres per day,” Miller said after meeting Fico and Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev.

Miller added Gazprom was not able to proceed with a similar swap operation with Bulgaria for technical reasons. (Reporting by Katya Golubkova, writing by Dmitry Zhdannikov; editing by Melissa Akin)