Europeans Worry About Stability Of Russian Gas Supply

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

Russia is Europe's main supplier of natural gas. Russia is threatening to cut off Ukraine's supply unless it pays in advance. That worries Western European nations about their own gas supply.


And with China now set to be a major customer for Russia's natural gas, it's worth recalling that Russia is also Europe's main supplier.


A lot of that gas passes through Ukraine on the way to Western Europe and Russia is threatening to cut off Ukraine's supply unless it pays its bills in advance. Such a cutoff would worry the leaders of Western European nations about the stability of their own gas supplies.

MONTAGNE: Today, the head of the European Union warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Europe expects its natural gas to keep flowing.

Copyright © 2014 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.