Gazprom, EU favour “beneficial relations”

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Gazprom Reuters. The company logo of Russian natural gas producer Gazprom is seen on an advertisement installed on the roof of a building in St. Petersburg, November 14, 2013.

Moscow - Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom said on Wednesday its chief executive officer had met European officials in Brussels and they had expressed an interest in maintaining “mutually beneficial relations”.

Gazprom said in a statement Alexei Miller met European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to discuss a “wide range of issues of bilateral cooperations”.

It did not give a day for the meeting.

Europe has been concerned about gas supplies from Gazprom, which meets 30 percent of the region's needs, against the background of the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War due to Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

Europe receives half its gas from Russia via Ukraine. - Reuters

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