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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UN Allows Russian Gas To Yugoslavia

UNITED NATIONS -- A Security Council sanctions committee has approved a Russian request to be allowed to supply 132.43 million cubic meters of natural gas a month to Yugoslavia before the end of April, for humanitarian and public purposes, a committee source said.

Yugoslavia, now comprising only Serbia and Montenegro, has been the target of UN sanctions since 1992, because of its support for Bosnian Serbs fighting the Bosnian government, although exceptions are made on humanitarian grounds.

An initial authorization for the supply of Russian natural gas will be valid for 30 days, beginning on the date the Russian exporter begins shipment.

An extension for another 30-day period expiring before April 30 will be approved, on the condition that no member of the 15-nation committee object.

Russia had first requested permission late last year to export 132.43 million cubic meters of natural gas a month to Yugoslavia.

Distribution of the gas is to be monitored by the World Health Organization, a United Nations agency, and by a subsidiary of the Italian firm ENI, called SNAM.