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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shipments Rise on Belarus Route

Gas monopoly Gazprom is shipping more gas to Europe via Belarussian territory to compensate for losses in transit gas in Ukraine, a Gazprom official said on Tuesday.

"We have started shipping more gas via the Yamal-Europe [pipeline via Belarus] and the Blue Stream [pipeline to Turkey] to compensate for losses in Ukraine. We are still calling on Ukraine to optimize its gas use," the official said.

Gazprom, which has been forced to dramatically boost supplies to Russian clients amid extreme cold, is blaming Ukraine for lower-than-expected deliveries to European customers as it says the state is burning gas above agreed levels.

Gazprom supplies one-quarter of Europe's gas needs, and its clients across the continent have complained about lower supplies over the past week.

Complaints were mostly heard from countries in southern Europe, which gets most of its Russian gas via the territory of Ukraine.

 Italy's Eni said it was getting less gas than it requested from Russia for a seventh day after Gazprom reduced shipments because of cold weather, Bloomberg reported.