Europe has been receiving less Russian gas through Ukraine's pipelines because Russia has cut blue fuel supplies, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko said on Friday.

According to Boiko, due to the cold snap in Russia the gas supplies to Ukraine have been reduced. The Minister said that current gas transit volume equaled to 415 million cm per day and that the technical agreement stands at 490 million cm.

"We are consuming gas in strict compliance with our contract but owing to the fact that Russia is not delivering gas in full, Europe is receiving less," Boyko told reporters commenting on the statement by Gazprom.

Alexander Medvedev, head of the export department in Russian gas giant Gazprom, said on Thursday that the company increased gas supplies to Europe and Ukraine, as severe cold with temperatures reaching below minus 30 degrees Celsius hit the EU and Russia's neighboring states. However, several EU states complain they receive less gas.

"Ukraine is now consuming gas at an annual volume of 60 billion cu m which is much higher than the contracted volume," he said.

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