Russia on Monday was forced to all but abandon a gas blockade against neighbouring Ukraine after European trade partners complained that their own supplies were being hit and warned Moscow that relations would suffer.The agency notes, however, that
State-controlled Gazprom said on Monday it would restore full gas supplies to Europe by Tuesday, two days after the gas monopoly cut supplies to Ukraine in a dispute over a steep price hike.
Gas deliveries across Europe, which imports a quarter of its needs from Russia, started to fall dramatically as Moscow reduced exports through a pipeline to Ukraine which continues on to European customers.
the dispute with Ukraine remains unresolved and Russia will still pump 30 million cubic metres a day of gas less than it did at the end of 2005. That is about six percent of the total Gazprom normally pumps to Ukraine and onward to Europe.