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    Russian energy giant Gazprom continues to increase its supplies of natural gas to Austria this year, with January-June figures nearly 20 percent above 2015 figures, the company said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Earlier on Friday, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller met with the CEO of Austria's OMV oil and gas company, Rainer Seele.

    "The sides discussed issues of Russian gas exports to Austria. It was noted that it increased 11.5 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. In 2016, the republic's demand for Gazprom gas continues to grow. The volume of supplies between January 1 and June 9 exceeds 2016 figures year-on-year by 19.8 percent," Gazprom said in a statement following the meeting.

    The sides also noted the on-schedule implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project to supply Russian gas to Europe, which OMV is involved in.

    The Nord Stream 2 project aims to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas a year to the European Union bypassing Ukraine and Poland. In September, Gazprom and its European partner companies – E.On, Shell, OMV, BASF and Engie – signed a shareholders agreement on the project last year.


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