Hungary halts gas sale to Ukraine on Russia fearsStaff writer ▼ | September 27, 2014
Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that Hungary could not risk a halt to Russian gas supplies as it froze deliveries to Ukraine amid threats by Moscow.
Politics of business Prime Minister Viktor Orban:
Hungary's gas pipeline network operator FGSZ said it had indefinitely suspended gas supply to neighbouring Ukraine for technical reasons, a move branded "unexpected and unexplained" by Ukraine state-owned gas firm Naftogaz.
Mr. Orban's statement followed a warning by Moscow that it could cut off European countries have been re-exporting gas to Ukraine to help Kiev through its latest energy war with Moscow.
The threat came as energy chiefs gathered in Berlin for EU-mediated talks aimed at halting a Russian gas supply cut to Ukraine that could leave parts of the war-scarred nation without heat this winter.
The European Commission rapped EU member Hungary for cutting of so-called reverse flow supplies to Ukraine.
"The message from the commission is very clear - we expect all member states to facilitate reverse flows as agreed by the European Council in the interest of a shared energy security," said European Commission spokeswoman Helene Banner in Brussels. ■