May 6, 2019 / 1:18 PM / 18 days ago

Ukraine says Russian gas transit rises 6 percent in Jan-April

KIEV (Reuters) - Russian natural gas volumes piped via Ukraine to European consumers in the first four month of 2019 rose to 29.3 billion cubic meters (bcm), up 6 percent from a year earlier, transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz said on Monday.

Ukrtransgaz gave no reason for the increase.

More than a third of Russia’s gas exports to the European Union cross Ukraine, providing Kiev with valuable income.

Russian gas exporter Gazprom has said it wants to bypass Ukraine by building new pipelines.

Russia’s gas exports via Ukraine fell 7 percent in 2018 to 86.8 bcm.

Relations between the two countries have deteriorated since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in March 2014. Ukraine halted its own imports of Russian gas in 2015.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; editing by Jason Neely

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