MOSCOW, March 13 (RIA Novosti) - Gazprom could supply
extra natural gas to Poland without any intermediary traders,
Russia's transportation minister said on Friday.
"Poland has asked Russia for additional volumes of gas,"
said Igor Levitin, who also co-chairs a Russian-Polish
government commission. "Gazprom says extra gas could be
supplied without intermediaries if an additional agreement is
signed to the 1993 deal."
Polish media reported on Thursday that Moscow and Warsaw
had agreed to sign a deal on gas supplies to Poland replacing
the 1993 agreement currently in force.
Russian gas has not been supplied in full to Poland since
the January dispute with transit nation Ukraine, which led to a
cutoff in shipments. The Russian gas monopoly increased
shipments to the country after the dispute was resolved, but
Warsaw said last week it had received only 78% of the
In January, Poland said it was receiving 7 million cu m of
gas, half of the agreed daily gas supplies, via Ukraine.
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller blamed Swiss-registered gas trader
RosUkrEnergo for the shortage, and Poland threatened to sue the