The European Commission approved the purchase of a 49-percent stake in the Slovak company SPP by the Russian gas monopolist Gazprom, Ruhrgas and Gaz de France, a source in Gazprom reported to RBC.
The deal worth $2.7bn will be financed by Ruhrgas and Gaz de France. Gazprom will pay a third of this sum in installments.
Gazprom is making a part of natural gas supplies to Europe via the SPP pipeline system. This company is transporting about 70 percent of all gas supplied from Russia to Europe.
Europe has recognised the need for negotiations with Russia to discuss the security system on the continent. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is going to Macedonia for meetings with colleagues within the OSCE