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    Russian oil exports fell 1% in 2006, year-on-year, to 249.91 million tons (1.84 billion bbl), the Russian Industry and Energy Ministry said Thursday.

    MOSCOW, February 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russian oil exports fell 1% in 2006, year-on-year, to 249.91 million tons (1.84 billion bbl), the Russian Industry and Energy Ministry said Thursday.

    The ministry said in a statement that exports to member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) declined 2.9%, to 36.92 million tons (271.36 million bbl), and to other countries 0.7%, to 212.99 million tons (1.57 billion bbl).

    At the same time, oil deliveries to the domestic market rose 5.7% in the reporting period, to 219.57 million metric tons.

    The ministry said the country's natural gas exports fell 3% in 2006, year-on-year, to 201.13 billion cubic meters.

    Exports to countries outside the former Soviet Union rose 0.3% to 160.34 billion cubic meters, but supplies to ex-Soviet states fell 14.1%, to 40.79 billion, the ministry said.

    The share of Russian energy giant Gazprom in the aggregate of gas output in 2006 fell from 85.9% to 83.9%, year-on-year.

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