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Exclusive: Russian Gazprom declares force majeure on certain gas supplies to Europe

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LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom (GAZP.MM) has declared force majeure on gas deliveries to Europe to at least one major customer, according to Gazprom’s letter dated July 14 and seen by Reuters on Monday.

The letter said Gazprom, which has a monopoly on Russian gas exports via pipeline, could not meet its supply obligations due to “extraordinary” circumstances beyond its control.

He said the force majeure measure, a clause invoked when a business is affected by something beyond its control, was effective from deliveries from June 14.

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A trade source said the letter related to supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, a major supply route to Germany and beyond.

Gazprom had no immediate comment.

The measure will likely escalate tensions between Russia and the West over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an action Moscow calls a “special military operation”.

The European Union, which has imposed sanctions on Moscow, aims to stop using Russian fossil fuels by 2027 but wants supplies to continue for now as it moves away from Russian supplies.

Russian gas supplies have plummeted via major routes, including via Ukraine and Belarus and via Nord Stream 1 under the Baltic Sea.

Nord Stream 1 is currently undergoing maintenance. Read more

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Reporting by Julia Payne; Editing by David Goodman and Edmund Blair

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