NineMSN: Europe's gas supplies not at risk

EU energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger says he sees no danger of Europe's access to Russian gas falling victim to possible economic sanctions in the stand-off over Ukraine.

"From my many talks with Gazprom, my impression is that our Russian partners will fulfil their contractual obligations and want to supply the gas," Oettinger told the Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

"We are agreed that, in the case of possible economic sanctions - whether from the European or Russian side - the gas sector should not have any priority," the commissioner said.

Russian gas giant Gazprom accounted for around 25 per cent of the European gas market, Oettinger said.

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