EU Commission: not worried about potential Ukraine gas supply cut

by Reuters
Tuesday, 4 March 2014 14:33 GMT

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)