Russia’s energy giant blames Ukraine for cut in gas supply

Russia’s state controlled energy giant Gazprom has cut supplies through Ukraine restricting the flow of gas to Western Europe.

Gazprom’s CEO Alexey Miller accused Ukraine of stealing gas and said it would restrict the amount of gas going into the pipeline by about 20 percent.

In a statement he said: ‘European consumers have not received 50 million cubic meters of gas during the last twenty-four hours through Ukraine’s fault.’

Gazprom insisted it would keep supply flowing to the rest of Europe through alternative routes.

European officials said there was no danger to consumers at the moment although Hungary, Romania an d Bulgaria said supplies remained down, according to reports.

The Russian gas company filed a lawsuit against Ukraine.