A European official said 12 EU countries were affected by the cut in Russian gas supplies.
A few days ago, Italy became the last European country to report a further shortage of Russian gas supplies reaching it.
The Italian energy giant Eni said it will receive only half of the 63 million cubic meters it had ordered every day from Russia’s Gazprom, after suffering from a shortage of supplies for two days before the announcement.
Germany accuses Gazprom of trying to raise energy prices by drastically cutting supplies.
Gazprom says the fault lies with repairs to the Nord Stream pipeline.
Russia supplies 40% of the European Union’s natural gas needs. It also supplies 27% of the oil imported from the European Union and the Union pays in exchange to Russia about 400 billion euros per year.
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