BUCHAREST - Romania's energy minister said on Sept. 16 Russia was playing games with gas supplies to cause concerns in EU states, after analysts warned that Moscow could use the flows to retaliate against sanctions imposed over its role in Ukraine.
BRUSSELS - EU authorities, citing tension in Ukraine, have asked for a delay until at least the end of October on whether to allowRussia greater access to the Opal natural gas pipeline in northeastern Germany, a letter seen by Reuters shows.
MOSCOW - Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom said on Sept. 16 that the safety of Russian gas supplies to Europe depends on Ukraine honouring a transit contract.
Time will tell whether new sanctions on Russia announced by the United States and European Union last week will be a game changer. The most significant development concerns oil, as the new measures go much further than previously understood to shut down ongoing exploration and production of new Russian supply.
Brussels - A meeting between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine on the gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia set for Sept. 20 has been called off, an EU official has said.
MOSCOW - Trilateral talks between Russia, the European Commission and Ukraine aimed at resolving gas dispute will not take place on Sept. 20 as it had been proposed earlier, a spokeswoman for the Russian Energy Ministry said on Sept. 15.
The Polish government is accusing Russia's state-controlled energy company Gazprom of disrupting gas supplies. The accusation comes as Eastern European countries move to supply part of Ukraine's gas needs as an energy war heats up between Kyiv and Moscow.
Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Prodan has sent a letter to the European Commission asking it to look into the causes of the recent reduction of Russian gas supplies to some EU countries.
PRAGUE - A fall in gas flows from Russia to two Eastern European countries this week has sent a chill through the region as it prepares for possible energy shortages this winter.
Poland's gas transportation system operator, Gaz System S.A., is ready to renew gas supplies to Ukraine via the Hermanowice gas metering station at the volumes ordered by the client, the company said on its Web site.
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's state pipeline operator says it has resumed full deliveries of gas to Ukraine. Gaz-System S.A. had halted the deliveries on Wednesday after Poland noted a sharp drop in gas deliveries from Russia this week. Germany and Austria had also reported a drop in Russian gas deliveries.
Naftogaz Ukraine is demanding in Stockholm arbitration court that Russia's Gazprom review gas prices in effect since 2011, the head of the Ukrainian state oil and gas company, Andrei Kobolev said Sept. 11 on Ukraine's Channel 5.
Brussels - Russian oil companies Rosneft, Transneft and Gazprom Neft have been included on a list of new restrictive measures of the European Union regarding Russia, the EU Official Journal reported on Sept. 12.
The European Union's 28 member states have been stockpiling gas in record quantities as they prepare for the possibility that Russia may turn off the tap that provides a vital energy lifeline to the continent. And for the first time ever, Europe’s collective storage tanks are almost full - containing almost 80 billion cubic metres of gas - almost a fifth of the bloc's yearly useage.
UZHGOROD, Ukraine - Keeping Ukraine warm keeps Andriy Kobolev up at night. Mr. Kobolev, the head of Ukraine's state energy company, Naftogaz, is scrambling to keep gas flowing into his country as winter looms. Russia's energy giant, Gazprom, had provided a little more than half of Ukraine's total gas supply, but suspended its shipments in June in the face of fighting in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military, citing a price dispute. Europe - itself dependent on Russia but also expanding sanctions on the country - has not been able to fill the gap.
Russia's gas supplies to Poland have dropped by 45%, Poland's state gas firm PGNiG says, amid tensions over Ukraine. The news came just hours after Poland stopped providing gas to Ukraine through "reverse-flow" pipelines.
MOSCOW - Russia's Energy Ministry has not yet received an invitation for a trilateral meeting in Berlin on Sept. 20 to discuss the Ukrainian gas crisis, a spokeswoman said on Sept. 11.
BRUSSELS - Ukraine, Russia and the European Commission will hold a new round of talks on the Russia-Ukraine gas pricing dispute on Sept. 20 in Berlin, the Commission said on Sept. 11.
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's gas monopoly says that Russian natural gas deliveries dropped by 45 percent on Sept. 10, the third day of decreases amid concern Moscow is piling on political pressure over the crisis in Ukraine.
The peace process allows Russia to try a less violent means of keeping Ukraine dependent and divided -energy blackmail by shutting off its fuel supplies.