BRUSSELS, March 4 (Reuters) - The European Commission is not worried that the Ukraine crisis could trigger a natural gas supply shortage in western Europe as stocks are high enough to cope with any short-term disruption, Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Tuesday.
"We are not concerned about short-term security of supply," Oettinger told a news conference.
Oettinger said the European Union had enough gas in reserves to deal with any short-term disruption, but added the situation would become difficult if Ukraine were split up.
(Reporting by Barbara Lewis; Writing by Henning Gloystein; Editing by Dale Hudson)
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