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European Commission calls emergency meeting over Russia-Belarus gas dispute

RIA Novosti

15:08 22/06/2010 BRUSSELS, June 22 (RIA Novosti) - The European Commission has called an emergency meeting over the Russia-Belarus gas dispute, which threatens gas supplies to Europe, a Commission spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Marlene Holzner said the European Commission would hold a working meeting with the Belarusian side, adding that Minsk had notified Brussels of possible gas transit disruptions.

Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly Gazprom decreased its gas supplies to Belarus by 15% on Monday over a $200 million debt Minsk has accumulated since the start of the year. Cuts were increased to 30% on Tuesday.

Holzner said earlier on Tuesday Russian gas cuts to Belarus may affect 6.25% of EU consumption volumes.

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