Russian gas crisis an 'attack' on the whole EU: Brussels

23rd June 2010, Comments 0 comments

A reduction of natural gas supplies to Lithuania amid a row between Russia and Belarus constitutes an "attack" on the whole European Union, an EU commissioner said Wednesday.

"This isn't only a problem for this one member state, it is a problem, it is an attack on the whole European Union," EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told reporters in Brussels.

The EU commissioner urged Moscow and Minsk to honour their commitments to Europe, stressing that "their problems should not be our problems".

Russian gas supplies via Belarus to Lithuania fell by 40 percent Wednesday, amid a feud between Moscow and Minsk, the head of Lithuania's national gas firm said.

Russia cut gas supplies to Belarus by 60 percent, as a payment feud between the ex-Soviet neighbours that has raised fears for European consumers went into a third day.

© 2010 AFP

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