January 8, 2009 / 12:25 PM / 10 years ago

Hungary to give Serbia 1-2 mln cubic metres of gas

BUDAPEST, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Hungary will provide Serbia with between 1 million and 2 million cubic metres of natural gas on Thursday to ease the country’s gas shortage, Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany said.

Serbian imports of natural gas were cut off earlier this week when shipments of Russian gas via a pipeline that runs through Ukraine and Hungary were cut off.

“We consumed less gas on Wednesday that we had expected and this will allow us to give Serbia one to two million cubic metres of gas ... this is about a quarter of Serbia’s gas needs,” Gyurcsany told a news conference.

Gyurcsany said that milder weather and lower consumption by households at home allowed Hungary to export some of its own resources and the country will decide on a daily basis how much gas it can give Serbia. (Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; editing by Andrew Dobbie)

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