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Russia assured Hungary of continued gas shipments: Foreign Minister

Russia has promised to continue gas shipments to Hungary and that Gazprom will fulfill its contractual obligations to the country, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in an interview with public service radio on Sunday.

In Russia’s response to Western sanctions imposed on Moscow since its invasion of Ukraine, national energy giant Gazprom has cut off Danish Orsted and Shell Energy for its contract to supply gas to Germany. .

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It also cut deliveries to Dutch gas trader GasTerra as well as to Bulgaria, Poland and Finland for refusing to make payments for Russian gas in rubles under a new ruble scheme.

Szijjarto said Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak both assured him in a phone call that the company would fulfill its obligations to Hungary set out in its contract.

The minister did not say when the phone call took place. The Foreign Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Under a deal with Gazprom signed last year, Hungary receives 3.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas per year via Bulgaria and Serbia as part of its long-term deal with Russia , and another bcm via an Austrian gas pipeline.

The agreement is valid for 15 years, with an option to modify quantities purchased after 10 years.

Szijjarto also said on Sunday that Hungary’s energy security, including its gas supply, is stable and gas shipments arrive daily as contracted, on time and without any interruptions.

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Russian gas flows to Europe fell short of demand on Friday, with Italy and Slovakia reporting receiving less than half of usual volumes via the Nordstream 1 gas pipeline, which crosses the Baltic Sea from Russia to the Germany and accounts for around 40% of Russian gas pipeline flows. to the European Union.

On Sunday, Germany announced new measures to increase gas storage levels to prepare for the upcoming winter season, when it fears that Russia could reduce or even completely stop supplies.

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